English title: Cross-national analysis of gender differences in job-satisfaction

Author(s): Laetitia Hauret - Donald Williams -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2013


This paper examines the so-called “gender paradox” using data from the European Social Survey for a subset of fourteen countries in the European Union. We focus on the hypothesis that women place higher values on certain work characteristics than men, which explains their higher satisfaction despite lower pay. Using estimates from Probit models, we conduct Blinder-Oaxaca decompositions which suggest that a relatively small share of the gender differential is attributable to gender differences in the weights placed on working conditions in most countries. Rather, gender differences in job characteristics contribute relatively more to explaining the gender job-satisfaction differential.

Edition: 0

Institution: CEPS/INSTEAD

Number of pages: 32

Number: 27

Series: CEPS/INSTEAD Working Papers

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