ICES Brown Bag for December 12

Events, Seminars | December 6, 2019

Join us for the ICES Brown Bag Lecture of the Fall 2019 semester, featuring Brit Grosskopf.

Dr. Grosskopf, of University of Exeter, will discuss her paper More Meat for Boys: Evidence and Perceptions of Discrimination in Restaurants  (Abstract). The talk will take place on Thursday, December 12th, from 12:00 to 1:00pm, in room 5075 of the Vernon Smith Hall, Arlington campus.

Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Please visit the Brown Bag Schedule to learn more about the Brown Bag series.


We present a natural field experiment designed to examine price discrimination in retail markets. This is done by examining portion sizes served in British Carvery Restaurants. Carvery restaurants serve traditional 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 diners, each of which paid the same price for the meal. We find systematic variations in served meat quantities that correlate with the testers’ gender, with men receiving significantly more meat than women. This gender disparity cannot be explained by differences in the testers’ physical appearance. Evidence from a complementary framed field experiment highlights how both women and men are negatively affected by this gender disparity.

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