Left-Handed People Make Less Money Than Righties


It pays to be right-handed.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, lefties make about 10 to 12 percent less annually than righties. The paper, written by Joshua Goodman, an economist at Harvard’s Kennedy School, is the first study to document the income gap between right-handed and left-handed people.

Here’s a chart that illustrates how much less lefties make:

Why the gap? It may have something to do with how left-handedness correlates with other attributes. Goodman found that left-handed people “have more emotional and behavioral problems, have more learning disabilities such as dyslexia, complete less schooling, and work in occupations requiring less cognitive skill.”

One interesting exception, however, is that lefties born to left-handed mothers don’t tend to show lower cognitive abilities than righties.

In his research, Goodman analyzed five data sets from the U.S. and the U.K. that all look at how handedness affects cognitive skill and income over a set amount of time. Goodman found that about 11 to 13 percent of the population is left-handed, a finding that prior research supports.

Lefties have historically been marginalized by society. As Goodman points out, during the Middle Ages, left-handed people were “thought to be possessed —> Read More Here


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