Brit GROSSKOPF (University of Exeter) – “More Meat for Boys: Evidence of Gender Based Statistical Discrimination in British Carvery Restaurants “
May 29, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Microeconometrics Seminar: Every Tuesday at 12:15 pm.
Time: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Date: 29th of May 2018
Place: Room 3001.
Brit GROSSKOPF (University of Exeter) – “More Meat for Boys: Evidence of Gender Based Statistical Discrimination in British Carvery Restaurants ”
Abstract: We present a natural field experiment designed to examine price discrimination in British carvery restaurants. Carvery restaurants serve traditional British roast dinners, and are characterised by the manner in which customers are served: a single chef serves every customer individually and, under observation, cuts them a portion of meat from a roasted joint. We employed 147 testers to pose as customers, each of which paid the same price for an identical meal. We find systematic variations in served meat quantities that correlate with the testers’ gender, with men receiving significantly more meat than women. However, this disparity is almost entirely explained by variation in the testers’ height. Evidence from a complementary framed field experiment highlights how female willingness to pay is highly sensitive to information about the disparity, whilst males are unaffected.
Laurent DAVEZIES (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)
Arne UHLENDORFF (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)