Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/158015
Authors: 
Wilson, Nicholas
Pugatch, Todd
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 73
Abstract: 
More than two of every five students who enrolled in college in 2007 failed to graduate by 2013. Peer tutoring services offer one approach toward improving learning outcomes in higher education. We conducted a randomized controlled experiment designed to increase take-up of university tutoring services. Brief, one-time messages increased tutoring take-up by 7 percentage points, or 23% of the control group mean. Attendance at multiple tutoring sessions increased by nearly the same amount, suggesting substantial changes in study habits in response to a simple and inexpensive intervention. We find little evidence of advertising-induced tutoring on learning outcomes.
Subjects: 
peer tutoring
human capital investment
behavioral response to advertising
nudges
higher education
JEL: 
D83
I23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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