‘Buying your way into college: Private tuition and the transition into higher education in Ireland’

Ireland“This paper by Emer Smyth from the ESRI was recently published in the Oxford Review of Education. The research looks into whether participation in ‘shadow education’; private education outside of the schooling system results in enhanced leaving certificate performance. An initial simple cross tabulation indicates fairly significant benefits from shadow education. However, after controlling for selection into this group (by gender, social class, parental education), previous ability (junior certificate results), educational aspirations and homework hours this paper finds the surprising result that there is no advantage to shadow education.” (more)

[Cathy Redmond, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 23 March]


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