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Happily Ever After? A Study of Job Satisfaction in Australia

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The present paper investigates issues of job satisfaction and gender. In particular, the finding that women are significantly happier in work than their male counterparts is examined. To shed light on this issue, smaller subgroups of the total sample are analysed and more subjective variables (in addition to more traditional objective variables) are incorporated. It is found that differences in reported job satisfaction are more pronounced when looking at individuals with lower levels of education in lower skilled jobs. The determinants of job satisfaction for men and women in this group are significantly different; this was not found to be the case when looking at higher skilled, higher educated individuals. Women in this latter group exhibit similar (i.e. lower) levels of satisfaction to their male counterparts. It is conjectured that this result is due to differences in expectations of work among men and women and also among women themselves. Copyright 2005 The Economic Society Of Australia.

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  • Anthea Long, 2005. "Happily Ever After? A Study of Job Satisfaction in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 81(255), pages 303-321, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:81:y:2005:i:255:p:303-321
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    14. Andrew E. Clark & Akiko Kamesaka & Teruyuki Tamura, 2015. "Rising Aspirations Dampen Satisfaction," Working Papers halshs-01122749, HAL.

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