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

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.
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Son Thierry Ly, Eric Maurin, Arnaud Riegert. A Pleasure That Hurts: The Ambiguous Effects of Elite Tutoring on Underprivileged High School Students. Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, 2020, 38 (2), pp.501-533. ⟨10.1086/705925⟩. ⟨halshs-02973703⟩

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