Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Teaching through television: Experimental evidence on entrepreneurship education in Tanzania.
(), 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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