Are professors worth it? The value-added and costs of tutorial instructors / Jan Feld (Victoria University of Wellington and IZA), Nicolás Salamanca (The University of Melbourne and IZA), Ulf Zölitz (University of Zurich, IZA and CESifo) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFeld, Jan ; Salamanca, Nicolás ; Zölitz, Ulf
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, November 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11975
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

A substantial share of university instruction happens in tutorial sessions - small group instruction given parallel to lectures. In this paper, we study whether instructors with a higher academic rank teach tutorials more effectively in a setting where students are randomly assigned to tutorial groups. We find this to be largely not the case. Academic rank is unrelated to students' current and future performance and only weakly positively related to students' course evaluations. Building on these results, we discuss different staffing scenarios that show that universities can substantially reduce costs by increasingly relying on lower-ranked instructors for tutorial teaching.