7 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2011
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 Classification: D7, H4
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Choi, Jay Pil, Up or Down? A Male Economist's Manifesto on the Toilet Seat Etiquette. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 303-309, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1738118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2009.00277.x
This is a Wiley-Blackwell Publishing paper. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing charges $38.00 .
File name: j-7295.
If you wish to purchase the right to make copies of this paper for distribution to others, please select the quantity.