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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Parrett, Matthew Barton
Author's Email Address mparrett@vt.edu
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
  • beauty
  • attractiveness
  • social norms
  • tipping
Date of Defense 2003-09-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This 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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