Comments on: The microeconomics of restaurant letter grades http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: traducere daneza http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-53466 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:55:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-53466 I’m very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

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By: DanCostin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-38412 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:08:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-38412 If you want to see inspection results on your iPhone/iPad/iTouch, check out Grade Pending in the App Store. Free, and works even when you don’t have Internet access (in the subway, for example). http://tinyurl.com/gpend

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By: DopamineJunkie http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-36673 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:32:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-36673 An “A” grade doesn’t necessarily mean a cleaner restaurant, just as this A-graded restaurant has been found to have live mice. See it to believe: http://dopaminejunkie.blogspot.com/2012/ 03/evidence-of-live-mice-in-a-graded-nyc .html.

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By: 6091joshua http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-35467 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:23:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-35467 Having been inspected over two dozen times I can tell you there is very little, if any, graft. What this really highlights is how stupid and meaningless the whole system is. With over 1,000 points in the Health Code, an inspector can go into ANY restaurant at ANY time and award whatever points he/she wants to the place. They are giving just enough B’s to make sure the revenue stream is in line with the City’s fiscal needs. Of course there’s always the inspector who had a bad day and you’ve got yourself a C, or vice-a-versa. But by and large, the letter grades are just a by-product of an overzealous Mayor, bureaucratic power-seekers and some powerful consumer groups. The only losers are the restaurants who now face the Scylla of fines and the Charybdis of stigmatization.

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By: airabaxter http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-31882 Sat, 15 Oct 2011 03:46:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-31882 Hahaha, I don’t know why people do love Chinese foods. Sorry, no offense meant.

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By: GregHao http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-29089 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:13:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-29089 maybe because I’m chinese and I frequent many establishments in various bits of china town but I daresay that the number of restaurants that I go to feature a B or a C much more often than an A. And the joke always goes, “don’t trust a chinese restaurant that’s too clean.”

Hell, even Felix himself poses that same question (in a video that I can’t find anymore) about the Four Seasons Hotel restaurant v. Starbucks/McDonalds.

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By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-29053 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:53:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-29053 Well, the chart looks like it could be a Poisson distribution, with a peak a few points before the first down grade.

If that be the case, then the best explanation I can see is human nature. An inspector doesn’t want to be a [expletive deleted] by giving a restaurant a down grade when they are just a few points from passing, and even those points would be fine-point regulatory items, not rats in the sausage kind of offenses.

So, cut everything above n=1,500 off the blue area and distribute them in descending fashion at the first 2 points of the B grade.

Then it looks like a duck, and Vaughan’s threshold hypothesis prevails, overcoming your objection due to the two facts that people stop doing things that are difficult when they’ve done enough to get by, and that the people grading the restaurants know that a lot of violations are silly and they are not willing to be sadists.

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By: OnkelBob http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-29046 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 20:49:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-29046 Dan_K, you are right to be cynical. On the East Coast, restaurants that pass inspections usually do so after the bar, freezer, and cash till have been properly inspected. On the West Coast (LA was the municipality that came up with letter grades) it’s contingent on hiring a “consultant,” who will pass on his findings to the inspection group.

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By: very-simple http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-29044 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:53:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-29044 There are definitely ways to game the system. It’s not even a matter of the cleanliness violations and shaving off a point or two.

A local cafe that I frequent got a B on their first inspection, and learned that they could shave off about 10-15 points if more employees got some sort of food handling license, so they had several employees go down and take the exam. This was a significant enough jump to put them squarely in the A category on reinspection.

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By: Dan_K http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/28/the-microeconomics-of-restaurant-letter-grades/comment-page-1/#comment-29038 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:27:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9145#comment-29038 I may be cynical, but this screams of graft to me. Taking a little money on the side to tweak the grades seems just as likely as the inspectors systematically improving grades out of the kindness of their hearts.

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