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Family fortunes: Gender-based differences in the impact of employment and home characteristics on satisfaction levels

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  • Parker, Louise
  • Watson, Duncan
  • Webb, Robert
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    The preponderance of subjective well-being analysis investigates the peripheral impact of objective measures such as income. By shifting the focus towards family satisfaction, this paper offers an alternative perspective. Through the incorporation of both employment and home characteristics, it provides an opportunity to integrate the analysis of work-life balance with the expansive wider literature of job satisfaction. Our estimates generate two key findings. First, as is frequently found in the employment literature, we confirm the existence of significant gender differences in family satisfaction. Second, the belief that home ownership is necessarily a significant source of well-being is rejected.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

    Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 259-264

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:3:p:259-264

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    Keywords: Family satisfaction Well-being Gender;

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    Cited by:
    1. Feng Hu, 2013. "Homeownership and Subjective Wellbeing in Urban China: Does Owning a House Make You Happier?," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 110(3), pages 951-971, February.
    2. Semih Tumen & Tugba Zeydanli, 2014. "Home Ownership and Job Satisfaction," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 117(1), pages 165-177, May.

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