Up or Down? A Male Economist's Manifesto on the Toilet Seat Etiquette

@article{Choi2011UpOD,
  title={Up or Down? A Male Economist's Manifesto on the Toilet Seat Etiquette},
  author={J. Choi},
  journal={Behavioral & Experimental Economics eJournal},
  year={2011}
}
  • J. Choi
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics eJournal
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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