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Dressed for Success? The Effect of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Behavior

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  • Elisabetta Gentile
  • Scott A. Imberman

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Uniform use in public schools is rising, but we know little about how they affect students. Using a unique dataset from a large urban school district in the southwest United States, we assess how uniforms affect behavior, achievement and other outcomes. Each school in the district determines adoption independently, providing variation over schools and time. By including student and school fixed-effects we find evidence that uniform adoption improves attendance in secondary grades, while in elementary schools they generate large increases in teacher retention.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17337.

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Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Publication status: published as Gentile, Elisabetta & Imberman, Scott A., 2012. "Dressed for success? The effect of school uniforms on student achievement and behavior," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(1), pages 1-17.
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