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Gender differences in job satisfaction in Great Britain, 1991-2000: permanent or transitory?

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  • A. Sousa-Poza
  • A. A. Sousa-Poza

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This article analyses job-satisfaction differences between men and women in Great Britain for the years 1991-2000 using data from the first 10 waves of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The results show that women's job satisfaction has declined substantially in the past decade, whereas men's job satisfaction has remained fairly constant. The positive job-satisfaction differential in women's favour has been halved in the past decade, implying that this paradoxical situation is most likely transitory. This result supports Clark's expectations interpretation of the gender differences in job satisfaction.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 691-694

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:11:p:691-694

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  1. Sousa-Poza, Alfonso & Sousa-Poza, Andres A., 2007. "The effect of job satisfaction on labor turnover by gender: An analysis for Switzerland," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 895-913, December.
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  4. Justina A.V. Fischer & Alfonso Sousa-Poza, 2007. "Personality, Job Satisfaction and Health - The Mediating Influence of Affectivity," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2007 2007-31, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
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