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Job Satisfaction, Work Time, and Well-Being Among Married Women in Japan


  • Corinne Boyles
  • Aiko Shibata


This paper examines the relationship between paid work time and other time use of working married women with children in Japan and two aspects of well-being: job satisfaction and stress. The study demonstrates that rather than the amount of daily paid work time, both the gap between actual and desired work time and the intrinsic utility derived from paid work as an activity appear to be the key time-related variables affecting Japanese women's job satisfaction. The paper also shows that paid work time has multiple spillover effects on stress. It discusses the tradeoffs that married women with children in Japan make to stay in employment and the consequences for employer strategies and public policy.

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  • Corinne Boyles & Aiko Shibata, 2009. "Job Satisfaction, Work Time, and Well-Being Among Married Women in Japan," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(1), pages 57-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:15:y:2009:i:1:p:57-84
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700802629378

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    Cited by:

    1. Vladisavljević, Marko & Perugini, Cristiano, 2018. "Gender inequality and the gender job satisfaction paradox in Europe," CEI Working Paper Series 2017-9, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. Ricardo Pagan, 2017. "Impact of Working Time Mismatch on Job Satisfaction: Evidence for German Workers with Disabilities," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 125-149, February.
    3. Wunder, Christoph, 2016. "Working hours mismatch and well-being: comparative evidence from Australian and German panel data," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145544, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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    Job satisfaction; stress; time use; well-being; work time; JEL Codes: J2; J22; J28;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy


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