The study aims to identify different constraints to entrepreneurship – capital, knowledge, mindset, and/or behavioral – and whether active labor market programs and nudges can alleviate these constraints.
To examine these questions, this study focuses on the impact evaluation of support for self-employment, including testing of gender-integrated interventions. The interventions include: (a) business grants; (b) business development services (BDS) (classroom, individual counseling, and digital); (c) digital peer networks for youth to share challenges and solutions; and (d) future-self exercises with goal setting.
The study also includes an Entrepreneurship Aptitude Test (EAT) that will be administered to all participants at program intake. The EAT is by itself an important contribution of this study, and will allow us to assess whether such a test can serve as a useful screening tool for entrepreneurial ability, aptitude, and success.
Please see attached study chart for full description of treatments and their interactions