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Carlos Albornoz and José Ernesto Amorós

To take advantage of the benefits that entrepreneurship brings to local economies, governments have invested in developing entrepreneurial skills among their populations. Finding ways in which to develop entrepreneurial skills has however proved a challenge for higher education systems. Researchers continue to debate about the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education. We used longitudinal data to measure entrepreneurship training in the Chilean higher education system, focusing the measurement on constructs related to opportunity recognition. Our findings suggest that family background has a significant effect on entrepreneurship education.

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Carlos Albornoz and José E. Amorós

The authors test the effect of entrepreneurship education on the three stages of business creation (intention, action and ownership). In doing so, it was found that only voluntary entrepreneurship education has positive effects on entrepreneurial intentions and actions; mandatory education did not impact intentions or actions.