Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant Inspections

50 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2013 Last revised: 11 Nov 2013

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Ginger Zhe Jin

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jungmin Lee

Seoul National University

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

In this article, we show that a small innovation in inspection technology can make substantial differences in inspection outcomes. For restaurant hygiene inspections, the state of Florida has introduced a handheld electronic device, the portable digital assistant (PDA), which reminds inspectors of 1,000 potential violations that may be checked for. Using inspection records from July 2003 to June 2009, we find that the adoption of PDA led to 11% more detected violations and subsequently restaurants may have gradually increased their compliance efforts. We also find that PDA use is significantly correlated with a reduction in restaurant-related foodborne disease outbreaks.

Suggested Citation

Jin, Ginger Zhe and Lee, Jungmin, Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant Inspections (April 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18939. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245447

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Jungmin Lee

Seoul National University ( email )

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Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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