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Degrees of Separation

Can entrepreneurship really be taught? The University of Arizona thinks so. It polled its Eller B-school alums to compare how graduates of the entrepreneurship program fared vs. those with a standard MBA. The E-grads were more often self-employed, had higher incomes, and were likelier to start businesses. Even entrepreneurship grads toiling at big companies earned more than other B-schoolers. Still, it could be that those who already had the right stuff chose to join the program. "It's a chicken-egg problem," concedes researcher Alberta Charney.Edited by Kimberly WeisulReturn to top

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Out of the Ivory Tower

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FINDS ITS ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM PRODUCES

REAL-WORLD RESULTS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP OTHER

GRADS B-SCHOOL GRADS

AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOME $71,573 $56,500

PERCENTAGE WHO HAVE STARTED A BUSINESS 54% 17%

PERCENTAGE WHO ARE SELF-EMPLOYED 27% 9%

PERCENTAGE WHO OWN A HIGH-TECH COMPANY 23% 15%

DATA: UNIV. OF ARIZONA, KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

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