Unpacking the Determinants of Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment for Women

This impact evaluation aims to measure the causal impact of the ILO’s Get Ahead business training programme on the profitability, growth and survival of female-owned businesses in Kenya, and to evaluate whether any gains in profitability come at the expense of other business owners. To do so, the evaluation will use a randomized control trial (RCT) methodology with a two-level randomized experiment: randomized selection of villages, and of individuals within villages. The study works with 3,538 individuals in 157 markets. In addition to measuring the impact of this training program, individuals assigned to training are also then randomly assigned to one of three different invitation choice structures to measure the extent to which variations in the way in which people are invited to training affect training take-up.

Hypotheses/research question 
What is the impact of ILO's Get Ahead business training programme on the profitability, growth and survival of female-owned businesses? Will the impact of the training augment when complementary business support services are available? What effect will any gains in profitability have on other business owners?
Study design 
Two-level randomisedexperiment: randomised selection of markets, and of individuals within markets
Reference 
McKenzie, D. and S. Paruzzolo. 2014. "Unpacking the Determinants of Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment for Women." AEA RCT Registry. AEARCTR-0000287.