The Impact of Entrepreneurship Education on Human Capital at Upper-Secondary Level

Thierry Volery, S. Müller, F. Oser, C. Naepflin, N. Del Rey

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In this study we evaluate the impact of entrepreneurship education on human capital at the upper-secondary level using a quasi-experimental design. Data were collected from 494 students attending entrepreneurship education programs and from 238 in a control group. Our results indicate that some personality traits such as need for autonomy and risk propensity, as well as beliefs, can have a significant positive influence on entrepreneurial intention. Entrepreneurship education has a positive, albeit limited impact on human-capital assets. The programs we assessed had a statistically significant impact on beliefs, on the capacity to exploit an opportunity, and on entrepreneurial knowledge. However, we did not observe any significant impact on entrepreneurial intention. © 2013 International Council for Small Business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-446
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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