Left-Handed Men Earn More: Study

Southpaws struggle in school but surpass righties at work
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 4:27 AM CST
Academics at University College Dublin studied 18,000 men and women in their thirties and found that left-handed men earned an average of $2,000 more per year than right-handed ones.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Left-handed men earn an average of 5% more than right-handed men, two British and Irish studies have discovered. The studies found that southpaw males tended to do worse in school—possibly because of trouble adapting to a right-handed world—but were more successful as adults. Female lefties, however, did worse in school and later earned an average of 4% less, the Daily Mail reports.

A doctor who worked on one of the studies said while it wasn't completely clear why left-handed men tended to do better in the labor market, it may be because the structure that connects the left and right brain is larger in left-handed men, leading to improved communication skills. Left-handed men also seemed to be more creative than righties, he added, a difference not found in women.