ERIC Number: EJ796522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Does School Choice Increase the Rate of Youth Entrepreneurship?
Sobel, Russell S.; King, Kerry A.
Economics of Education Review, v27 n4 p429-438 Aug 2008
Because entrepreneurial activity is a key source of economic growth, promoting youth entrepreneurship has become a priority for policymakers. School choice programs force administrators and teachers to be more entrepreneurial in their jobs by encouraging innovation and by creating competition and a more business-like environment in K-12 education. Does going to school in this climate make students more likely to become entrepreneurs? In this paper we test whether youth entrepreneurship rates are higher in counties with school choice programs. We find that voucher programs create higher rates of youth entrepreneurship, while charter schools do not, relative to traditional public schools. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: School Choice, Incidence, Youth, Entrepreneurship, Charter Schools, Economic Progress, Elementary Secondary Education, Counties, Competition, Educational Environment, Educational Vouchers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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