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Published: Monday, Dec. 16 2013 10:37 p.m. MST

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Michael Lynn is, quite possibly, the world's expert on tipping. The Cornell professor has written 51 academic papers on the subject. On a Freakonomics podcast, host Stephen Dubner asked Lynn what he would change about tipping.

"You know," Lynn said. "I think I would outlaw it."


Lynn says it is discriminatory.

His 2008 study titled "Consumer Racial Discrimination in Tipping" found that, looking at black and white customers and waiters, "consumers of both races discriminate against black service providers by tipping them less than white service providers."

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