The Role of Hard and Soft Skills in Entrepreneurial Success: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

This project will investigate the relative importance of hard skills versus soft skills in business success and more broadly in the youth’s school-to-work transition. The project will strengthen, experimentally, the training of these skills among recently graduated Ugandan secondary school students. The goal of the current endeavor is to: (a) leverage insights from the economic and social sciences toward the goal of improving entrepreneurial success in developing countries, and (b) test whether “hard” versus “soft” skills better predict consequential entrepreneurial and business longevity outcomes, and a better performance in the labor market, particularly among young people and women.

Hypotheses/research question 
What is the effect of entrepreneurship training on attitudes and skills, positive labour market outcomes and business success (such as self-employment, business creation, job creation through startups, and earnings)? What is the relative importance of soft skills versus hard skills, and how these skills help to build better, sustainable and bankable businesses?
Study design 
Clustered
Reference 
Fiala, N., Carney, D., & Gertler, P., 2014. 'The Role of Hard and Soft Skills in Entrepreneurial Success: Experimental Evidence from Uganda'. AEA RCT Registry, November 07.