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Hell to touch the sky? Private tutoring and academic achievement in Korea

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6

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  • Álvaro Choi de Mendizábal

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    (Universidad de Barcelona)

  • Jorge Calero Martínez

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    (Universidad de Barcelona)

  • Oriol Escardíbul Ferrà

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    (Universidad de Barcelona)

Abstract

Although not exclusive to the Republic of Korea´s educational system, the pervasiveness of private tutoring, and its consequences, serve to distinguish it from systems operated in other countries. However, the identification of inefficiencies linked to this phenomenon have seen the educational authorities struggling against private tutoring since the 1908s. Yet, public policies have systematically failed because of the widely held belief that private tutoring services increase students´academic performance of students in the threee competence fields assessed in the PISA-2006 (Programme for International Student Assessment). Instrumental variables are applied in a multilevel model framework in an attempt at addresssing the endogeneity of the effects of private tutoring on academic performance. Our results indicate that the impact of time dedicated to private tutoring on academic performance depends on the particular competence: positive for mathematics, positive but decreasing for reading, and non-significant for science.

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  • Antonio Caparrós Ruiz (ed.), 2011. "Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación," E-books Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, Asociación de Economía de la Educación, edition 1, volume 6, number 06, 9.
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    Keywords: Private tutoring; Demand for schooling; Academic performance; PISA.;

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