September 28, 2006

Outsourcing the Neighborhood Kids' Work

ON A COUPLE of occasions when I was young, I had the opportunity to tutor a student who was struggling with his math coursework. For this work, which I seem to recall doing around 1990 or so, I was paid $10 an hour by the kid's parents.

Nowadays, as it turns out, people can turn to the Internet and hire on-line tutors for their children from India and China, who tutor for the equivalent of $2.50 per hour -- and perhaps even less, depending on the provider. That's a mere fraction of the cost one would pay these days for private tutoring, which has become remarkably lucrative over the past decade or so. Reuters has the full report.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 28, 2006 11:48 PM | TrackBack
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