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Occupational Stereotypes And Gender-Specific Job Satisfaction

  • Simon Janssen

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesagentur für Arbei)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

Using representative data containing information on job satisfaction and worker’s gender-specific prejudices, we investigate the relationship between stereotyping and job satisfaction. We show that women in stereotypically male jobs are significantly less satisfied with their work climate and job contents than in stereotypically female jobs but more satisfied with their income in those same jobs. Our findings indicate that women trade-off their higher income satisfaction against the negative consequences of stereotyping. As long as we take into account that stereotypically male jobs are physically more demanding than stereotypically female jobs, men are generally more satisfied with stereotypically male jobs.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Working Papers with number 0107.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2014
Handle: RePEc:iso:wpaper:0107
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