The Market for Essays
AbstractWe investigate the market in bespoke essays from commercial providers which students buy to submit at their University. We conduct choice experiments at 3 universities to investigate students’willingness to enter the market. Half of the sample reveal a willingness to buy. We identify valuations of essays of varying grade and how these values decay as students’ assessments of their own abilities, and the penalty if caught, increase. A choice experiment over monetary gambles yields individual-speci…c risk aversion estimates which signi…cantly a¤ect the probability that a student will buy, as does having English as their …rst language.
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I21; K42; D81; D82; Marketing; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession;
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