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Working time, satisfaction and work life balance: A European perspective

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  • Stephan Humpert

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Abstract

Using three different measures for satisfaction, I investigate gender-specific differences in working time mismatch. While male satisfaction with life or job is slightly not effected by working more or less hours, only over-time lowers male work life balance significantly. Women are more sensitive to the amount of working hours. They prefer part-time employment and are dissatisfied with both changes towards over-time and under-time.

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  • Stephan Humpert, 2014. "Working time, satisfaction and work life balance: A European perspective," Working Paper Series in Economics 327, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
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    1. Stephan HUMPERT, 2016. "What Workers Want: Job Satisfaction In The U.S," Management Research and Practice, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 8(1), pages 39-45, March.

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    Keywords

    Working Hours; Gender Differences; Work Life Balance; European Social Survey (ESS 2012);

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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