Popcorn puzzle

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The popcorn puzzle asks: why does popcorn cost more at the cinema?

Cultural context

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Explanations offered and limitations



A form of price discrimination


Expository book references

  • The Armchair Economist by Steven E. Landsburg, 13-digit ISBN 9780029177761, 10-digit ISBN 0029177766 (paperback)More info, Page 157-168, Chapter 16 (Why popcorn costs more at the movies and why the obvious answer is wrong)
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford, 10-digit ISBN 0345494016, 13-digit ISBN 978-0345494016 (paperback)More info, Page 48-49, Chapter 2 (What Supermarkets Don't Want You To Know)