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Continuous Training, Job Satisfaction and Gender – An Empirical Analysis Using German Panel Data

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  • Claudia Burgard

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  • Katja Görlitz

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Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), this paper analyzes the relationship between training and job satisfaction focusing in particular on gender diff erences. Controlling for a variety of socio-demographic, job and fi rm characteristics, we fi nd a diff erence between males and females in the correlation of training with job satisfaction which is positive for males but insignifi cant for females. This diff erence becomes even more pronounced when applying individual fi xed eff ects. To gain insights into the reasons for this diff erence, we further investigate training characteristics by gender. We fi nd that fi nancial support and career-orientation of courses only seems to matter for the job satisfaction of men but not of women.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0265.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0265

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Keywords: Training; job satisfaction; gender differences; fixed effects;

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