Up or Down? A Male Economist's Manifesto on the Toilet Seat Etiquette
Jay Pil Choi
Michigan State University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 303-309, 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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
JEL Classification: D7, H4
Date posted: January 12, 2011