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The social norm of leaving the toilet seat down: A game theoretic analysis

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  • Hammad Siddiqi

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We model the toilet seat problem as a 2 player non-cooperative game. We find that the social norm of leaving the toilet seat down is inefficient. However, to the dismay of “mankind”, we also find that the social norm of leaving the seat down after use is a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium. Hence, sadly, this norm is not likely to go away.

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  • Hammad Siddiqi, 2006. "The social norm of leaving the toilet seat down: A game theoretic analysis," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 28(13), pages 1.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06aa0021
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    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics

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