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.
There are “several suggestive and economically and
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