Friday, April 22, 2011
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Jay Pil Choi (Michigan State Economics) has authored some very interesting antitrust economics papers. He recently published outside of the antitrust area but on a topic that may interest readers nonetheless - Up or Down? A Male Economist's Manifesto on the Toilet Seat Etiquette.
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.
In the Sokol household, this debate is superfluous. In a family of three females and one male, the rule is toilet seat down -- or else.