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A Tale of Repetition: Lessons from Florida Restaurant Inspections

Ginger Zhe Jin, Jungmin Lee

NBER Working Paper No. 20596
Issued in October 2014, Revised in February 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

Part of the revision was completed when Jin was on leave at the US Federal Trade Commission. The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Federal Trade Commission or any of its Commissioners. We have received constructive comments from Roger Betancourt, David Becker, Joerg Claussen, John Ham, Panle Jia, Terence Johnson, Phillip Leslie, Michael Luca, Louis Rossiter, John Rust, Andrew Foster, and seminar participants at Maryland, College of Williams and Mary, MIT, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Brown University and the 2011 IIOC conference. Jin acknowledges financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (grant #2011-10-14). Lee acknowledges financial support from the Center for National Competitiveness in the Institute of Economic Research of Seoul National University. Special thanks to the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants for providing us the data and patiently answering our questions. Yiyan (Echo) Liu provided excellent research assistance. All remaining errors are our own. All rights reserved. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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