The Subjective Well-Being of Working Women in Europe

English title: The Subjective Well-Being of Working Women in Europe

Author(s): Eduardo Bericat -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2016

Abstract

In this chapter we study the subjective well-being of women, focusing on working women in Europe, carrying out a comparative analysis of their socioemotional well-being in different employment situations. In addition to understanding women’s objective conditions of existence, it is also necessary to understand how they feel about, perceive and evaluate their own lives. Although it has been widely demonstrated that there is a correlation between objective and subjective well-being, we also know that the relationship between living conditions and the way in which individuals subjectively experience those conditions is complex and at times paradoxical. Therefore, we will analyse the impact of different employment situations on the subjectively experienced well-being of European working women. Through this analysis we intend to provide answers to the following questions: Is the subjec- tive well-being of women with paid employment greater, less than, or equal to that of women who are not economically active? To what extent does subjective well-being decline when working women lose their employment? How does job insecurity affect the subjective well-being of working women? Who enjoys a higher level of subjective well-being, working women or housewives? Are there differences in subjective well-being between women who work for a wage and those who are self-employed? To respond to these and other questions, we have carried out an empirical analysis using data from a special module on Personal and Social Well-Being, introduced by Huppert and her collaborators in the third wave of the European Social Survey in 2006. To carry out these analysis, we have used the Socioemotional Well-Being Index (SEWBI), a multi-dimensional model of happiness.

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To page no: 651

Anthology: Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women

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