Professor tests quality of essay mills

Technology can do amazing things these days, but can it make a bad student better? Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, says no, the Huffington Post reports. In an attempt to reveal the prevalence of plagiarism and to receive insight into the shrouded world of essay mills, Ariely ordered academic papers from mills as if he were a student himself. In an article about his experiment published last month in the LA Times, he concludes that the papers were pretty terrible. With the help of his assistant, Ariely contacted four essay mills, and asked each to write on the ironic topic of “When and why do people cheat?”

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