Youth Entrepreneurship

(With Natalie Carlson)

In this project, conducted on behalf of the International Youth Foundation, we evaluate a large economic empowerment intervention called “Zimbabwe Works.” The goal of the intervention is to prepare the country’s marginalized young people to enter Zimbabwe’s workforce. With initial funding from USAID (additional support from DFID and the Embassy of Sweden), the program enrolls 22,000 Zimbabweans, and randomly assigns individuals to different modalities: access to microfinance loans, and savings and loan education. Our goal is to parse out whether young entrepreneurs in the urban centers of an authoritarian states are best supported by providing financial resources, or by providing training regarding the management of existing resources. Baseline data collection has started in October 2016 and the endline is scheduled a year later.