Type of Document Dissertation Author Parrett, Matthew Barton Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-10172003-021146 Title The Give and Take on Restaurant Tipping Degree PhD Department Economics Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Eckel, Catherine C. Committee Co-Chair Stegeman, Mark Committee Co-Chair Haller, Hans H. Committee Member McGuirk, Anya M. Committee Member Spanos, Aris Committee Member Keywords
- wage gap
- social norms
Date of Defense 2003-09-17 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis dissertation examines aspects of both the consumer (the "give") and the server (the "take") sides of restaurant tipping. On the consumer side, I address both why, and how much, people tip in restaurants. I also examine a policy issue related to the recent Supreme Court decision in United States v. Fior d'Italia. These issues are addressed via a combination of theoretical, empirical, and experimental analysis.
On the server side, I use survey data collected from several restaurants to address the issue of labor market discrimination based on beauty. Specifically, do more attractive servers earn higher tips than less attractive servers? I argue that a tipping data set offers several advantages over data sets used in previous studies of the beauty wage gap.
This dissertation was funded by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Enhancement Grant (NSF #427347).
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