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A Pleasure That Hurts: The Ambiguous Effects of Elite Tutoring on Underprivileged High School Students

Son Thierry Ly, Eric Maurin () and Arnaud Riegert ()

Journal of Labor Economics, 2020, vol. 38, issue 2, 501 - 533

Abstract: This paper reports findings from a randomized evaluation of an intensive tutoring program conducted in underprivileged high schools. Within each school, the intervention targets students identified as having the ability to pursue a college education. The program is designed to strengthen their readiness for higher education. We demonstrate that such an intervention can have negative effects on a large fraction of participants, even though participation is entirely voluntary. This result is consistent with a simple model where time invested in extracurricular programs and time invested in homework represent imperfect substitutes in the education production function.

Date: 2020
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