Education and entrepreneurial success

Education and entrepreneurial success This paper estimates the effect of education on the success of entrepreneurial activity, using survey data from Malawi. An instrument variable approach is used to address the endogeneity of education. We find a significant and substantial effect of an added year of primary education on entrepreneurial profitability. This is consistent with theoretical arguments that primary schooling provides a generalised form of competence that underpins the variety of skills an entrepreneur needs to succeed in business. Results are robust to non-random selection into entrepreneurship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Education and entrepreneurial success

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Management/Business for Professionals; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11187-014-9621-1
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Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of education on the success of entrepreneurial activity, using survey data from Malawi. An instrument variable approach is used to address the endogeneity of education. We find a significant and substantial effect of an added year of primary education on entrepreneurial profitability. This is consistent with theoretical arguments that primary schooling provides a generalised form of competence that underpins the variety of skills an entrepreneur needs to succeed in business. Results are robust to non-random selection into entrepreneurship.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 6, 2014

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