The economic consequences of being left-handed : some sinister results

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Title: The economic consequences of being left-handed : some sinister results
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/171
Date: 2004
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 lefthanders in general are in some sense handicapped either innately or through experiencing a world geared towards right-handers. It is consistent with some psychological evidence which suggests that lefthanders have particular talents such as enhanced creativity. The results for females however reveal the opposite, left-handed females are paid significantly less.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin; Institute for the Study of Social Change (Geary Institute)
Keywords: Earnings;Brain;Left-handed;Laterality
Subject LCSH: Left- and right-handedness
Wages
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers
Economics Research Collection

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