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Gender Differences in Domains of Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Doctoral Graduates from Australian Universities


  • Temesgen Kifle

    (The School of Economics, University of Queensland, Room: 653, Colin Clark Building (39))

  • Isaac H. Desta

    (Faculty of Commerce, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, P. O. Box 62157-00200)


Based on data from a study of graduates from PhD programs at the Australia’s Group of Eight (Go8) universities, a gender gap in job satisfaction domains is estimated using a Mann-Whitney U test. Findings from the aggregate model shows significant gender differences in only 5 out of 17 domains of job satisfaction. Further, separate analyses by age, employment status and family type/living arrangement broadly support the absence of gender differences in domains of job satisfaction. For aspects of job satisfaction that show significant gender differential it is found that males are more satisfied than females with their hours worked, opportunity for career advancement and workload, whereas females are more satisfied than males with their relationship with co-workers and contribution to society. This implies that males are more satisfied with intrinsic dimension of job satisfaction while females are more satisfied with extrinsic aspects of job satisfaction

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  • Temesgen Kifle & Isaac H. Desta, 2012. "Gender Differences in Domains of Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Doctoral Graduates from Australian Universities," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 319-338, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecanpo:v:42:y:2012:i:3:p:319-338

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    1. Laetitia Hauret & Donald R. Williams, 2017. "Cross-National Analysis of Gender Differences in Job Satisfaction," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 56(2), pages 203-235, April.
    2. Halkos, George & Bousinakis, Dimitrios, 2017. "The effect of stress and dissatisfaction on employees during crisis," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 25-34.
    3. Burone, Santiago & Méndez, Luciana, 2022. "Are women and men equally happy at work? Evidence from PhD holders at a public university in Uruguay," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 97(C).

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    Australia; doctoral graduates; domains of job satisfaction; gender; Go8 universities;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations


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