Looking back and looking ahead at our tipping behavior, we can expect tips to remain a social norm that will increase.
Wherever the economy reopens, we will return to tipping behavior that not only sends a message about us but also about what others expect.
Because tipping behavior reflects a social norm, many of us know the amount we are supposed to leave but we don’t necessarily do it.
Disliked by many as discriminatory, inconvenient, and even embarrassing, tipping is a paradox because it refuses to disappear.
When we last looked at tipping, we said that it was a way to impress people (like Seinfeld’s George, below). Also we might be expressing altruism or just saying thank you for good service. But beyond all of the basics, our…
Connecting economics with everyday life.
Located at the intersection of current events, history, and economics, econlife® slices away all of the layers that make economics boring and complex. We like economics and we would like for you to like it too.
Signup for your daily slice of