Examines short-term and long-term effects of entrepreneurship training programs in the United States using a large randomized experiment.

Project Growing America through Entrepreneurship (GATE) is a longitudinal study that was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration (SBA) in which free entrepreneurship training was randomly offered to individuals interested in starting or improving a business. Over 4,000 individuals applied across seven sites in three states, and best-practices training services were provided to the treatment group by Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs). The study begins by providing “more details on GATE, including its research design and implementation, the nature of the training services received by subjects, and external validity...[it then] presents first-stage results on training and business practices...[and finally] presents estimates of average and distributional effects on business ownership, scale, and performance, including a bounds analysis addressing differential attrition” (p.3).

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