Ongoing projects

New publication from the project - The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:24 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 5:27 AM ]

This article analyses entrepreneurial interest and practice as well as the impact of an education policy among a representative sample of highly educated young Nigerians. We use pooled cross-sectional data from 2007 and 2011 on about 27,000 undergraduates in over 50 schools. Our descriptive analyses reveal a high prevalence of interest in entrepreneurship but low prevalence of entrepreneurial practice. In a set of difference-in-differences estimation, the results show that compulsory entrepreneurship education stimulates entrepreneurial interest but does not reinforce it. Quite strikingly, we find that the rate of entrepreneurial practice diminished among students who were exposed to entrepreneurship education compared to the control sample. This suggests that entrepreneurship education improves selection into actual entrepreneurship practice by filtering out individuals with initial interest but with lower perceived success potential.

Project Extension - The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

posted Dec 22, 2016, 2:42 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 2:46 AM ]

The project, which focuses on the supply of high-quality entrepreneurs in Nigeria using a large-scale survey of Nigerian university students, was extended with 6 more months of funding. This allowed for an additional survey to complement the existing data. The resulting dataset, definitely the largest one on undergraduate entrepreneurship behaviour in Nigeria - and arguably in Africa - will be disseminated when ready. In the meantime, a research note based on the first phase of the project can be downloaded below or here, where you can also read more about the project.


The Supply of High Quality Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from Nigeria

posted Jun 30, 2015, 8:09 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 2:37 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun ]

This project focuses on the question of how to increase the supply of high quality entrepreneurs in Nigeria. It aims to quantify and explore the link between entrepreneurial interest and practice, and to provide data and insights on the profile and motivations of potential entrepreneurs. The researchers use several rounds of a large-scale survey of 47,560 undergraduate students enrolled in Nigerian tertiary institutions, gathering data on entrepreneurial interest, business ownership, and personal characteristics. We then analyse the extent to which students who expressed an interest in entrepreneurship were indeed more likely to start a business, and examines how other personal characteristics, such as gender, shape the link between entrepreneurial interest and practice.

Given that highly educated entrepreneurs tend to become better managers than the uneducated ones, it is important to identify the factors responsible for translating an interest in business into actual entrepreneurial practice. By analysing new data on the traits and motivations of potential and actual entrepreneurs in Nigeria, this project will identify such factors, which should help design targeted policy interventions to increase the supply of high quality entrepreneurs. Read more about this project here.


Creating a micro-level innovation dataset in Nigeria

posted Jun 30, 2015, 7:47 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun   [ updated May 12, 2016, 3:08 AM by Abiodun Egbetokun ]

Innovation is widely accepted as an important ingredient for growth and development, particularly coming from small and medium-sized enterprises. However, the conditions under which such enterprises in developing countries innovate and constraints they face are scarcely understood due to poor data collection. In sub-Saharan Africa, this dearth of data is especially pronounced, as local data collection agencies routinely gather data but fail to make it public or standardized. The aim of this project is to create a harmonized, standard data set based on two industrial innovation surveys carried out in 2007 and 2011 in Nigeria. Read more about the project here. The final output can be downloaded via the link below or here. This may be updated periodically with fresh data or bug fixes. A research note based on the data is available via the link below or here.

 
 

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