Pooled Dataset on Entrepreneurial Characteristics of Undergraduates in Selected Nigerian Universities

Published: 28 June 2021| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/zgkxb5tvpg.2
Adedayo Olofinyehun,


This pooled dataset presents data collected through four (4) independent cross-sectional surveys of undergraduates in six (6) selected Nigerian universities. The data were collected from a total of 12,615 undergraduates studying courses in social sciences, sciences and engineering disciplines. The surveys assessed entrepreneurship interest, background and experience of the respondents. Coming from surveys collected at intervals of between four and five years, the usefulness of the dataset is many folds. The dataset allows for an assessment of the impacts of the compulsory entrepreneurship training that was introduced in the Nigerian university system at about the time of the first survey. It can also be used to quantify the potential pool of future entrepreneurs among the highly educated Nigerian youth. The dataset presents a full entrepreneurship profile of a sample of educated young people in the largest and most populous nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is useful for researchers, policymakers, donors and other development practitioners seeking to characterize and design appropriate interventions for youths in the developing world.


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* This dataset is accompanied by an article which provides further details on the survey methods and sample. Users are strongly advised to consult the paper (search "Pooled Dataset on Entrepreneurial Characteristics of Undergraduates in Selected Universities in Nigeria" at https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/data-in-brief) * It is strongly recommended that users thoroughly familiarize themselves with the accompanying questionnaire before applying the dataset. If you use the dataset, please acknowledge the source using the following information: * The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Ile-Ife, Nigeria carried out the original surveys with funding from i) Federal government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST); ii) World Bank through the Science and Technology Post-Basic (STEP-B) Programme; and iii) Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) Initiative, a joint initiative of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Department for International Development (DFID).