Harvard Study Shows Left-Handed People Make Less Money

Jon Lester is left-handed, though this whole “making less money’’ thing might not apply to him.
Jon Lester is left-handed, though this whole “making less money’’ thing might not apply to him. –Getty Images

For just about as long as anyone can remember, lefties have been getting a raw deal.

We were told our handedness was Satanic, we were forced to become right-handed, and there are approximately three products that are made with any consideration of the fact that a lefty might be using it. It’s a right-handed world and we’re all just living in it.

Now there’s even more proof that society is less than even-handed when it comes to your dominant hand. A researcher at Harvard has discovered that not only are lefties doomed to a life finding pen ink and pencil residue on the sides of their hands, they also face the problem of earning less money than their right-handed counterparts.


Joshua Goodman, an economist with the Harvard Kennedy School, used data from U.S. and U.K. databases to look at how a person’s dominant hand related to their test scores and income. As it turns out, lefties aren’t doing great in either.

Goodman found that, regardless of health and family background, southpaws score lower than righties on cognitive tests, are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, tend to suffer from learning disabilities at a higher rate, and complete less schooling.

That’s a whole lot of bad stuff, and it all adds up to a salary that falls between 10 and 12 percent lower than a right-handed person’s pay.

This just seems unfair. Righties live a life with all the advantages and get paid better to do it. All lefties should get paid like Jon Lester, if only because we put up with the scissors.

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