UCL School of Management

Research seminar

Thomas Astebro, HEC Paris


Thomas Astebro, HEC Paris


Wednesday, 16 November 2016
10:00 – 11:30

UCL School of Management is delighted to welcome Thomas Astebro, HEC Paris, to host a research seminar discussing’ The effects of a training program to encourage social entrepreneurship.’


We study the impact of a new nationally advertised six-month intensive training program to encourage leadership in social entrepreneurship among youth. Program costs were on the order of 12,000 euros per participant. We conduct a randomized field experiment where 50 applicants were randomly allocated to the program and 50 similar applicants were rejected. A short but intensive training effort provided no robust treatment effects on character skills, social entrepreneurial aspirations and intentions, sustainable behaviour, entrepreneurial actions and venture progression. Those that had made more progress on their venture prior to the start of the program were more likely to make progress afterwards, irrespective of treatment. There were also large ceiling effects. Those having the highest expectations before selection to treatment, as measured by their self-ratings on a battery of scores, and those having the highest selectivity scores as rated by independent experts experienced the smallest subsequent increase across all outcome measures, irrespective of treatment. Training people to become entrepreneurs seems to be difficult and costly

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PhD Programme
Last updated Tuesday, 15 November 2016