Many regulations mandate that government employees inspect economic entities on a regular basis. In this paper, we show that a small innovation in inspection technology can make substantial differences in inspection outcomes. For restaurant hygiene inspections, the state of Florida has introduced a handheld electronic device, the portable digital assistant (PDA), which reminds inspectors of about 1,000 potential violations that may be checked for.
Inspection Technology, Detection and Compliance: Evidence from Florida Restaurant InspectionsJungmin Lee and Ginger Jin ,
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RAND Journal of Economics