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January 26, 2011

Bathroom Reading

UP OR DOWN? A MALE ECONOMIST'S MANIFESTO ON THE TOILET SEAT ETIQUETTE - J. P.CHOI - 2010 - Economic Inquiry - Wiley Online Library
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.
If the author's name began one letter to the left, the comedy would be complete.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 26, 2011 9:23 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I've never peed choi, but I bet that hurts.

Posted by: Casca at January 26, 2011 10:20 AM

I thought all commie-libs had to squat to pee, It's a physiological necessity.

Posted by: Scott M at January 26, 2011 1:01 PM

Oh for Christ's sake.

Put the damn seat down because nobody wants to look at a filthy toilet-bowl rim. How long do you need to defy your mother?

Jesus.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 26, 2011 1:15 PM

In this case, I'm agreeing with the women folk:

My brother found a dead sewer rat in his basement toilet. Luckily, the toilet seat was down in that case.

Though rare, it can be an open door to your home for some critters.

Posted by: Cond0010 at January 27, 2011 1:17 AM

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