Up or down? A male economist's manifesto on the toilet seat etiquette

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Abstract

This paper develops an economic analysis of the toilet seat etiquette. I investigate whether there is any efficiency justification for the presumption that men should leave the toilet seat down after use. I find that the "down rule" is inefficient unless there is a large asymmetry in the inconvenience costs of shifting the position of the toilet seat across genders. I show that the "selfish" or the "status quo" rule that leaves the toilet seat in the position used dominates the down rule in a wide range of parameter spaces including the case where the inconvenience costs are the same. (JEL D7, H4)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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