In response to a NYT article (2008) yesterday, the blog Consumerist (2008) is discussing whether, how, and if women are treated as "second-class citizens" in upscale restaurants. Commenters on the Consumerist thread, many of whom claim to have waited tables in the past, point out that women do not tend to tip as well as men, and order less food.
In April (4/7/08), we discussed that although waitstaff report differences between men's and women's tipping, a tip-diary study at a casual restaurant did not find any gender difference in average tip rates, and women were more likely to report awareness of the 15% "rule." An unpublished meta-analysis of several tipping situations by Lynn and McCall (1999) reports that (when controlling for bill size) men leave larger tips than women. This effect is modified by the fact that men leave smaller tips than women for male servers, but larger tips for female servers. The overall effect is explained by the fact that most tippers are male, and most servers are female. Liu (2008) suggests that when servers are customers, they are better tippers than non-servers.
Now I have to wonder what percentage of men and women have ever worked as servers. It seems like if more women have been servers, and former servers tip better, then women should be (on average) better tippers. I know that I am a better tipper now than I was when I was a server: I was poorer then.
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