Returns to handedness in professional hockey
Research in economics has examined many determinants of earnings, including whether an individual is left or right handed. In the soccer labor market, being able to kick well with both the left and the right foot is rewarded with a salary premium. This paper examines pay and performance for hockey players that shoot left-handed versus those that shoot right handed. We find that after controlling for points, time on the ice, player size and age, and team and season, players are paid differently by position, and players playing the same position may be paid differently because they shoot left versus right handed. Moreover, points scored are compensated differently for left handed shooting players on the right wing than for other players. These results suggest a hockey player labor market inefficiency.
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