In praise of ambidexterity : how a continuum of handedness predicts social adjustment

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Title: In praise of ambidexterity : how a continuum of handedness predicts social adjustment
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Zhang, Wen
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2634
Date: 15-Mar-2010
Abstract: This paper estimates the relationship between handedness and social adjustment. In addition to binary measures of hand preference, we also use a continuous measure of hand skill. Outcomes at ages 7, 11 and 16 are studied. Using a semi-parametric estimator it is shown that non-righthandedness (as hand-preference) is associated with poorer social adjustment but this effect disappears as the individuals age. The continuous measure of hand skill has a non-monotonic effect on social adjustment with poorer social adjustment at the extreme values of the continuum. Poorer social adjustment in childhood has been shown to predict poorer socio-economic outcomes later in life.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Subject LCSH: Left- and right-handedness--Psychological aspects
Social adjustment
Social status
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/wp10_04.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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