The Social Norm of Leaving the Toilet Seat Down: A Game Theoretic Analysis

The Social Norm of Leaving the Toilet Seat Down: A Game Theoretic Analysis January 24, 2013

The Social Norm of Leaving the Toilet Seat Down: A Game Theoretic Analysis:

The issue of whether the toilet seat should be left up or down after use seemingly generates a lot of passion among the parties concerned, however, scientific inquiries into the matter are almost non-existent. Notable exceptions are Choi (2002) and Harter (2005). Choi (2002) argues that the rule of leaving the toilet seat down after use is inefficient in the sense that there is at least one other rule that outperform this rule. The unit of analysis in Choi (2002) is the household and the efficient rule is defined as one that minimizes the total cost of toilet seat operations per household. Choi (2002) does not model the issue as a situation of conflict, hence ignores the game theoretic aspects of the problem.

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