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Date of Submission


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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Jeffrey Flory

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2020 Sydney D Baffour


The goal of all firms is to improve efficiency and performance, and previous literature suggests that diversity among teammates is a mechanism to improve productivity. This research uniquely extends previous understandings of horizontal and vertical diversity by examining school performance metrics as an important indicator of economic outcomes. Using data from the Centre for the Study of African Economies(CSAE) at the University of Oxford, I analyze vertical and horizontal diversity and its effects on teacher groups within Ugandan primary schools. Overall, my results suggest a minimally significant, but positive effect of gender and ethnic diversity on student performance outcomes. My findings contradict existing research, which may be in part due to the difference in work environments that my study utilizes for analysis.