Salary success is all to do with your... finger ratio?

06 February 2017

Got a knack for making money? Or perhaps you’re the opposite, and everything you touch turns to stone rather than gold? For either of these scenarios, new research suggests that a person’s ability to make money is predetermined, and actually decided while we’re still in the womb.

Scientists from Russia's Higher School of Economics found that men with shorter index fingers and longer ring fingers were most likely to be financially successful, with the ratio reflecting the levels of perinatal testosterone they were exposed to in the womb.

For women the smaller the ratio between the two fingers, which means lower level of exposure to testosterone, the more they earned.

The index finger ratio, known as the 2D:4D ratio, can be measured using an electronic caliper tool or by scanning someone's palms and measuring the finger length. Prior research has found a link to many skills and success and the 2D:4D ratio, though this study is the first to link it with financial income.

Around 2,000 men and women were analysed for the latest research, with the ages ranging from 25 to 60. As well as measuring the participants’ 2D:4D ratio, the group were also quizzed on their income and salaries.

This study is the latest piece of research looking at the 2D:4D ratio. It’s previously been found that people whose index finger is longer than their ring finger are bad at sports but better at verbal memory.

Results have been published in journal Economics and Human Biology.

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