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

7 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2011  

Jay Pil Choi

Michigan State University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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 Classification: D7, H4

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

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