Bruce Wydick

Bruce Wydick

University of San Francisco

Professor of Economics

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Jun 24, 2018
The Power of Mentorship: Impacts on Female Micro-entrepreneurs in Medellin, Colombia
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I am very excited about this project. For several decades development practitioners have looked to microenterprise development as a primary intervention for addressing poverty in the developing world. A great deal of new research has investigated the relative effectiveness of a number of different microenterprise interventions including microfinance, cash grants to small businesses, formal small business training, aspirations development, and the mentoring of micro-entrepreneurs. Much of this research has been carried out through rigorous randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental methods, but for many of these interventions there is little evidence that it exhibits long-term effects on the development of microenterprises. More recently development economists have carried out studies on interventions that involve the mentoring of young and inexperienced microentrepreneurs by older and more experienced entrepreneurs. These studies have indicated large and statistically significant impacts on the revenue and profitability of microenterprises (Lafortune et al., 2017 in Chile; Brooks et al., 2017 in Kenya). This study seeks to ascertain the degree of external validity of the results of these studies. If the mentorship of microentrepreneurs proves to have positive impacts on enterprise growth in a number of contexts, it could represent a cost-efficient and highly scalable means of reducing global poverty.
May 25, 2018
The Power of Mentorship: Impacts on Female Micro-entrepreneurs in Medellin, Colombia
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What a great project. I'm very excited about expanding this exciting work to a new country.
May 30, 2017
Pecuniary & Non Pecuniary Incentives for Teachers : Evidence from Nigeria
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