Handedness and Earnings

33 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006 Last revised: 16 Sep 2010

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Christopher S. Ruebeck

Lafayette College

Joseph E. Harrington

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics

Robert A. Moffitt

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

We examine whether handedness is related to performance in the labor market and, in particular, earnings. We find 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.

Suggested Citation

Ruebeck, Christopher S. and Harrington, Joseph E. and Moffitt, Robert, Handedness and Earnings (July 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12387. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921553

Christopher S. Ruebeck

Lafayette College ( email )

Department of Economics
Easton, PA 18042
United States

Joseph E. Harrington

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Robert Moffitt (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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