Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71489
Authors: 
Denny, Kevin
O§Sullivan, Vincent
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) 06/07
Abstract: 
This paper provides the first estimates of the effects of handedness on hourly earnings. Augmenting a conventional earnings equation with an indicator of left handedness shows there is a well determined positive effect on male earnings with non-manual workers enjoying a slightly larger premium. These results are inconsistent with the view that left-handers in general are in some sense handicapped either innately or through experiencing a world geared towards right-handers. The results for females however reveal the opposite, left-handed females are paid significantly less. This is consistent with some psychological evidence which suggests that left-hander males have particular talents such as enhanced creativity and some evidence on brain morphology which also suggests advantages for left-handed males. – earnings ; brain ; left-handed ; laterality
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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