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Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

No 3/2015:
Teaching through television: Experimental evidence on entrepreneurship education in Tanzania.

Kjetil Bjorvatn (), Alexander W. Cappelen (), Linda Helgesson Sekei (), Erik Ø. Sørensen () and Bertil Tungodden ()

Abstract: Can television be used to teach and foster entrepreneurship among youth in developing countries? We report from a randomized control field experiment of an edutainment show on entrepreneurship broadcasted over almost three months on national television in Tanzania. The field experiment involved more than two thousand secondary school students, where the treatment group was incentivized to watch the edutainment show. We find short-term evidence of the edutainment show inspiring the viewers to become more interested in entrepreneurship and business and shaping non-cognitive traits such as risk- and time preferences, and long-term evidence of more business startups; in general, the treatment effects are more pronounced for the female viewers. However, we also find evidence that the encouragement of entrepreneurship discouraged investment in schooling;administrative data show a negative treatment effect on school performance and long-term survey data show that fewer treated students continue schooling.

Keywords: Field experiment; edutainment; developing countries; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I25; O10; (follow links to similar papers)

53 pages, March 16, 2015

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