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Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-582
+49 89 24246-501
Laura.Rosendahl-Huber(at)ip.mpg.de

Areas of Interest:

Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Experimental Economics, Economics of Education, Organizational Economics

Academic Résumé

Since 04/2015 
Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation und Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

09/2010 - 04/2015
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Economics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Prof. Dr. C.M. Van Praag and Prof. Dr. R.Sloof). Doctoral Thesis: “Entrepreneurship, Teams and Sustainability: A Series of Field Experiments”

03/2012 - 06/2012 
Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lissabon, Portugal Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+)

2007 - 2008
Master of Science (MSc) in Business Economics (cum laude), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

01/2008 - 12/2008 
Research Assistant at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (Prof. dr. C.M. Van Praag), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

2002 - 2007 
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Economics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Referee

Management Science, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Small Business Economics, Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Learning & Education

Work in Progress

Czibor, E./ Huber, L.R./ Koudstaal, M.: Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences.

Goslinga, S. / Huber, L.R. / Nagel, H. / Van Praag, M.: The Effect of Personalized Tax Training on Entrepreneurial Performance: Evidence From a Field Experiment.

Bechthold, L. / Huber, L.R.: The Effect of Same-Gender Role Models In Entrepreneurship Education.

Dhuey, E. / Huber, L.R.: Relative Age Difference in Non-cognitive Skills.

Most Recent Publication Available for Download

Rosendahl Huber, Laura; Sloof, Randolph; Van Praag, Mirjam (2017). The Effect of Incentives on Sustainable Behavior: Evidence From a Field Experiment, Labour Economics, 45 (April), 92-106.

This paper can be accessed and downloaded for free for a limited period of time:  The Effect of Incentives on Sustainable Behavior: Evidence From a Field Experiment

Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Rosendahl Huber, Laura; Sloof, Randolph; Van Praag, Mirjam (2017). The Effect of Incentives on Sustainable Behavior: Evidence From a Field Experiment, Labour Economics, 45, 92-106. DOI

  • This study investigates how children respond to different treatments aimed to foster sustainable behavior in a productive (firm like) setting. We conduct a field experiment using teams of children (aged 11 or 12) that are participating in an entrepreneurship education program in the last grade of primary school in the Netherlands. Schools participating in this program are randomly assigned to one of three treatments: the first is purely financially oriented, the second promotes sustainable behavior and the third also induces sustainability by (monetary) incentives. Comparing the first two groups we find that solely promoting sustainability does not lead to a change in sustainable behavior. However, once the monetary reward is linked to sustainable outcome measures, we find a significant positive effect on sustainable behavior. In our specific setting, the choice to behave more sustainable comes at the cost of weaker financial performance of the team.

Rosendahl Huber, Laura; Sloof, Randolph; Van Praag, Mirjam (2014). The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment, European Economic Review, 72, 76-97. DOI

  • The aim of this study is to analyze the effectiveness of early entrepreneurship education. To this end, we conduct a randomized field experiment to evaluate a leading entrepreneurship education program that is taught worldwide in the final grade of primary school. We focus on pupils׳ development of entrepreneurship knowledge and a set of non-cognitive skills relevant for entrepreneurial activity. The results indicate that knowledge is unaffected by the program. However, the program has a robust positive effect on non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills. This is surprising since previous evaluations found zero or negative effects. Because these earlier studies all pertain to entrepreneurship education for adolescents, our result tentatively suggests that non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills are best developed at an early age. As the entrepreneurship program has various features besides its entrepreneurship content, we must leave it to future research to determine which specific element has the greatest impact on the development of non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills.

Conference papers

Rosendahl Huber, Laura (2015). Working Document II, in: Youth Education and Entrepreneurship. Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Culture and Education. Workshop Documentation 2015, 26-49.

Monographies

Rosendahl Huber, Laura (2015). Entrepreneurship, teams and sustainability - A series of field experiments. Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute.

Discussion Papers

Rosendahl Huber, Laura; Sloof, Randolf; Van Praag, Mirjam (2014). Jacks-of-all-trades? The effect of balanced skills on team performance, IZA Discussion Paper, No. 8237.

  • Previous empirical studies have shown that solo entrepreneurs benefit from having balanced skills: Jacks-of-All-Trades (JATs) are better entrepreneurs than specialists are. Nowadays however, the majority of entrepreneurs start up and run ventures together in teams. In this paper we test whether the effect of more balanced skills is also positive in a team of entrepreneurs. We also explore whether (a lack of) individual balanced skills can be substituted by combining the skills of various specialists within one team. Our field experiment studies teams of children participating in an entrepreneurship education program. Based on pupils’ precisely measured level of verbal and mathematical ability, we exogenously compose 179 teams separated into four different types: JAT teams, math- specialist teams, verbal-specialist teams and mixed specialist teams. Our results show that balanced skills are beneficial to team performance, and that it is hard to substitute individual balanced skills by combining different specialists within one team.
  • http://ftp.iza.org/dp8237.pdf

Personal Links

Presentations and Lectures

14.11.17

The Effects of Same-Gender Role Models in Entrepreneurship Education: Insights from a Field Experiment 

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Location: Zurich, Switzerland


25.08.17

Relative Age Differences in Non-Cognitive Skills

Lindau Meetings for Nobel Laureates

Location: Lindau, Germany


26.06.17

The Effect of Same-Gender Role Models in Entrepreneurship Education

Oxford Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom


14.11.16

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics

Location: Maastricht, Netherlands


08.08.16

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

Academy of Management

Location: Anaheim, USA


06.07.16

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

Said Business School

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom


21.06.16

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

Munich Summer Institute

Location: Munich


11.06.16

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

Behavioral Decision Research in Management

Location: Toronto, Canada


04.10.15

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Team Preferences

FSU Workshop on Experimental Economics and Entrepreneurship

Location: Tampa, USA


24.03.15

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? A Critical Note on Impact Evaluation Studies

Workshop on Youth Education and Entrepreneurship: European Parliament, Committee on Culture and Education Munich

Location: Brussels, Belgium


09.10.14

Entrepreneurship Research: Insights on Education and Teams

Lecture at the Invitation of Orange Grove, initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Location: Athens, Greece


11.09.14

Jacks-of-all-trades? The Effect of Balanced Skills on Team Performance

SEI Doctoral Consortium

Location: Milan, Italy


03.07.14

Jacks-of-all-trades? The Effect of Balanced Skills on Team Performance

5th IZA Workshop on Entrepreneurship Research

Location: Potsdam


30.09.13

Jacks-of-all-trades? The Effect of Balanced Skills on Team Performance

VU/UvA Symposium on Entrepreneurship Research

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


21.09.13

Jacks-of-all-trades? The Effect of Balances Skills on Team Performance

EALE Conference (European Assocation of Labour Economics)

Location: Turin, Italy


10.11.12

The Effect of Education on Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action in Primary School

Workshop for teachers at secondary schools

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands


17.10.12

Jacks-of-all-trades? The Effect of Balanced Skills on Team Performance

PhD Workshop "Lab and Field Experiments" by John List

Location: Bergen, Norway


05.07.12

The Effect of Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Lecture at the invitation  of the Department of Innovation and Organization

Location: Groningen, Netherlands


15.06.12

The Effect of Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment

3rd IZA Workshop on Entrepreneurship Research

Location: Potsdam


30.05.12

The Effect of Entrepreneurship Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Research results presented and submitted to Princess Maxima of the Netherlands

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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