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The job satisfaction gender gap among young recent university graduates: Evidence from Catalonia

  • Mora, Toni
  • Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada

The present paper focuses on the gender differences in job satisfaction reported by recent university graduates in Catalonia (Spain). The data allows distinguishing five areas of job satisfaction: work content, promotion possibilities, earnings, applicability of acquired knowledge, and job security. Young and highly educated women in this study report a lower satisfaction with some aspects of their job. For two of the five job satisfaction domains, the lower reported level can be explained by differences in observable characteristics, notably wages and type of contract. For two other satisfaction domains we are unable to explain the lower female satisfaction level although we argue that unobservables are the most plausible explanation. This is surprising given the nature of the sample, i.e. very young and highly educated population.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 581-589

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:38:y:2009:i:4:p:581-589
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