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What is the future of the Academic Research Industry?

Phd Scholar 2 | 11   Student
Mar 26, 2012 | #1
I have been following all shades of discussions going on in this forum before I cautiously decided to join.
While I don't want to be drawn into the two extreme points that act as the general references of steering debates here, I have been wondering this scenario:

Supposing the essay industry grows bigger and bigger to an extent that even the leading players(companies) file for IPOs(lol!), will these companies(especially in the US and UK) become fully integrated into the world of business and have code of ethics, standard benchmarks......etc that characterize the more conventional businesses?. And what would be the implications to the educational standards?

Would I be wrong to hypothesize the development of a 'fully' grown academic research industry that rakes maybe $4b every year?
What laws govern the academic research industry in different States in the US?
I might plead ignorance but can someone tell me- who is the average essay buying customer?
a) A bright but time-constrained student?
c) A rich kid?
d) An ESL student with language difficulties?
I'd love to hear some insightful opinions

Thanks Guys.....
ottenfeld 1 | 24  
Mar 26, 2012 | #2
I'm a bright student but my foray into the industry has shown me that the quality is pretty abysmal unless yeah, you're a dummy to begin with and couldn't critique what you received anyway. I don't think the industry will be taking over but serves the education system right if it ever did. The whole system is up the put.
FSR - | 47   Freelance Writer
Mar 26, 2012 | #3
I don't think there is really an average customer. From my experience, A-D all exist and more, there are as many reasons as there are customers.
OP Phd Scholar 2 | 11   Student
Mar 26, 2012 | #4
I didn't indicate anywhere that i sought the services of any essay writing company. And i am not a 'dummy'(to use your word). I simply wanted to know the 'big picture' purely for some research reasons. Don't you think the essay industry is ripe to warrant some serious research into its operations?
ottenfeld 1 | 24  
Mar 26, 2012 | #5
I think you took my reply all wrong. I was just letting you know of my experiences and why I dont think the industry is really good enough to be that big. I thought that was kinda what you were asking. I certainly wasn't calling YOU a dummy or insinuating you were looking to use an essay writing company.
OP Phd Scholar 2 | 11   Student
Mar 26, 2012 | #6
Sorry for that misunderstanding. It is only that I suspect the industry could be enormous- only that it is extremely hard-almost impossible- to actually know and quantify what happens behind the scenes(customers orders, financial transactions and so on) and thus quantify its size. In fact the few newspaper articles I have come across can only at the very best estimate the industry's size. For example, yesterday I saw an article in The Telegraph estimating the essay industry in the UK to be worth £200 million(2010).

Perhaps out of naivety, I was assuming that one day, the industry will come above board and act like any other industry.

Or perhaps the whole industry might come to a one, big stop. I have heard university administrators opine that universities might be forced to eventually do away with home work/essays/ dissertations and use classroom based tests as their appraisal methods. However, this approach is fraught with difficulties as dissertations/thesis play a critical role in assessing a student's competency in his/her field(for students who write their own dissertations, anyway).
FSR - | 47   Freelance Writer
Mar 26, 2012 | #7
Phd - How do you define "above board?" If you mean by this a time when there will be no scams and all customers will be happy with the product they receive then the answer is never since there are scams and poor products in every industry. Otherwise there are already registered companies and tax paying writers that do operate in a legitimate fashion like in any other industry. Just because some people frown upon an industry be it essays, tobacco or anything else dose not mean an industry is not "above board."

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