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Gender Differences in Life Satisfaction and Social Participation

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  • Stephan Humpert

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    (Institute of Economics, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany)

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This paper deals with the effects of social participation activities on life satisfaction. Using the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) for 2010, I present gender specific differences for several social activities, such as club memberships of political, welfare, health or more leisure time orientated groups. These activities have different impacts on male or female satisfaction. While sports and civic engagements improve only female life satisfaction, men are more affected by charity organizations or leisure time activities, such as hobbies. It is an interesting result that political activities and trade unions have no, or even negative effects on life satisfaction.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 276.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:276

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Keywords: Subjective Well-Being; Social Participation; German General Social Survey (ALLBUS);

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  1. Politics does not make one happy
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2013-06-04 15:05:00

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