Posts Tagged ‘left-handers’

The Upper Hand

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

by David Johnston.

About 10 percent of the population is left-handed. However, five of the last seven U.S. presidents have been left-handed, as well as many high profile artists and scientists – from Paul McCartney and Lewis Carroll to Benjamin Franklin and Marie Curie. This large collection of gifted left-handers has led to a widely-held belief that left-handers have a higher propensity for genius and creativity than right-handers. Two recent economics studies have provided some limited support for this belief. Kevin Denny and Vincent O’ Sullivan find that left-handed men in Britain earn approximately 5 percent more than right-handed men, and Christopher Ruebeck and colleagues find a similar wage premium for left-handed men in the United States.
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