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

40 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2011

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Elisabetta Gentile

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics

Scott A. Imberman

Michigan State University; Michigan State University - College of Education

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Date Written: August 2011

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Gentile, Elisabetta and Imberman, Scott Andrew, Dressed for Success? The Effect of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Behavior (August 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17337. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918667

Elisabetta Gentile (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Scott Andrew Imberman

Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Michigan State University - College of Education ( email )

East Lansing, MI
United States

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