August 10, 2006
Left-handed men see better paychecks: study
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Left-handed men, often seen as having
an advantage over right-handed counterparts in sports like
tennis, also enjoy much better paydays, a new study says.
Left-handed men with at least some college education earned
15 percent more than similarly educated right-handers, while
those who finished college earned about 26 percent more, wrote
Christopher S. Ruebeck of Lafayette College, and Joseph
Harrington and Robert Moffitt of Johns Hopkins University in a
paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
statistically significant results that suggest further support
for the notion that handedness matters," they wrote. "We do not
have a theory that reconciles all of these findings."
The researchers did not find a similar effect among women.
The data used for the study were hourly earnings taken from
the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a set of surveys
including individuals aged 14-21 in 1979 who were interviewed
every year until 1994 and every other year thereafter.
A copy of the working paper can be found at