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Stimulating managerial capital in emerging markets : the impact of business and financial literacy for young entrepreneurs, Volume 1
Author:Bruhn, Miriam; Zia, Bilal; Country:World; Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Date Stored:2011/04/27Document Date:2011/04/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Financial Literacy; Access to Finance; Business in Development; Competitiveness and Competition Policy; Business Environment
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region; Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:WPS5642Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5642
Volume No:1  

Summary: Identifying the determinants of entrepreneurship is an important research and policy goal, especially in emerging market economies where lack of capital and supporting infrastructure often imposes stringent constraints on business growth. This paper studies the impact of a comprehensive business and financial literacy program on firm outcomes of young entrepreneurs in an emerging post-conflict economy, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The authors conduct a randomized control trial and find that while the training program did not influence business survival, it significantly improved business practices, investments, and loan terms for surviving businesses. Entrepreneurs with higher ex-ante financial literacy further exhibited some improvements in business performance and sales.

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