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Handedness and Earnings

Christopher Ruebeck, Joseph Harrington () and Robert Moffitt ()

Economics Working Paper Archive from The Johns Hopkins University,Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine whether handedness is related to performance in the labor market and, in particular, earnings. Though handedness is not found to be significantly related to earnings for the population as a whole, there is a significant wage effect for left-handed men with high levels of education. This positive wage effect is strongest among those who have lower than average earnings relative to those of similar high education. This effect is not found among women.

Date: 1997-06, Revised 2004-06
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