The economic consequences of being left-handed : some sinister results (version 2.0)

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Title: The economic consequences of being left-handed : some sinister results (version 2.0)
Authors: Denny, Kevin
O'Sullivan, Vincent
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Date: Jul-2004
Online since: 2009-03-10T13:02:04Z
Abstract: This paper provides the first estimates of the effects of handedness on hourly earnings using data on a sample of 33 year olds in the United Kingdom. Augmenting a conventional earnings equation with indicators of left handedness shows there is a well determined positive effect on male earnings with non-manual workers enjoying a slightly larger premium once we allow for non random selection into occupation. This is not consistent with the view that left-handers in general are in some sense handicapped either being innately or through experiencing a world geared towards right-handers. It is consistent with the popular notion of left-handers having particular talents such as enhanced creativity. The results for females however reveal the opposite, left-handed females are paid significantly less. This paper forms part of the Policy Evaluation Program at the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC) at UCD.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP04/22
Copyright (published version): UCD School of Economics 2004
Keywords: EarningsBrainLeft-handed
Subject LCSH: Left- and right-handedness
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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