Effect of Private Tutoring on University Entrance Examination Performance in Turkey

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1609

26 Pages Posted: 17 May 2005

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Aysit Tansel

Middle East Technical University (METU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Fatma Bircan Bodur

Karaelmas University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

There is an excess demand for university education in Turkey. Highly competitive university entrance examination which rations the available places at university programs is very central to the lives of young people. In order to increase the chances of success of their children in the university entrance examination parents spend large sums of money on private tutoring (dersane) of their children. In this study, we investigate the factors that determine participation in private tutoring and the effect of private tutoring on getting placed at a university program. We further examine the impact of private tutoring on the scores of the applicants in the university entrance examination. The results indicate that controlling for other factors those students who receive private tutoring perform better in the university entrance examination.

Keywords: Private Tutoring, University Entrance Examination Achievement, Turkey

JEL Classification: I2, J10

Suggested Citation

Tansel, Aysit and Bircan Bodur, Fatma, Effect of Private Tutoring on University Entrance Examination Performance in Turkey (May 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1609. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=721925

Aysit Tansel (Contact Author)

Middle East Technical University (METU) - Department of Economics ( email )

Inonu Bulvari
Ankara 06800
Turkey
90 312 210 2073 (Phone)
90 312 210 7964 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Economic Research Forum (ERF) ( email )

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(P.O. Box: 12311)
Dokki, Cairo
Egypt

Fatma Bircan Bodur

Karaelmas University - Department of Economics ( email )

Zonguldak, 6700
Turkey

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