Job Satisfaction and Gender: Why Are Women So Happy at Work?

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Labour Economics (Impact Factor: 0.92). 02/1995; 4(4):341-372. DOI: 10.1016/S0927-5371(97)00010-9


By most objective standards, women's jobs are worse than men's, yet women report higher levels of job satisfaction than do men. This paper uses a recent large-scale British survey to document the extent of this gender differential for eight measures of job satisfaction and to evaluate the proposition that identical men and women in identical jobs should be equally satisfied. Neither the different jobs that men and women do, their different work values, nor sample selection account for the gender satisfaction differential. The paper's proposed explanation appeals to the notion of relative well-being, especially relative to workers' expectations. An identical man and woman with the same jobs and expectations would indeed report identical job satisfaction, but women's expectations are argued to be lower than men's. This hypothesis is supported by the finding that the gender satisfaction differential disappears for the young, the higher-educated, professionals and those in male-dominated workplaces, for all of whom there is less likely to be a gender difference in job expectations.

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    • "Diğer yandan, kadın ve erkeklerin işlerinden tatmin olma düzeyleri ile ilgili çeşitli çalışmalar yapılmıştır. Bazı araştırmalarda kadınların erkeklerden daha çok iş tatmini yaşadığı görülürken (Clark, 1997), bazılarında ise erkeklerin daha çok iş tatmini yaşadığı gözlemlenmiştir (Forgionne ve Peeters, 1982). Çalışanlarla ilgili ele alınan bir diğer faktör ise eğitim düzeyidir. "

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    • "In contrast , over-skilled and over-educated men are more dissatisfied than women. Our results support the transitory phenomenon of Clark (1997), " the expectations interpretation suggests that women's higher job satisfaction may be a transitory phenomenon, caused by women's improved position in the labour force relative to their expectations. Once women's labour market rewards stop improving, men's and women's reported satisfaction should be identical. "

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    • "In tourism and hospitality, as well as in many other industries, employees' attitude towards the company where they work depends primarily on job satisfaction. Thus, studying job satisfaction can give us an insight into how the employees perceive certain aspects of the hospitality and tourism sector (Clark, 1997). However, the tourism sector is specific in that it has unique aspects which contribute to a high turnover among employees: high work intensity, a poorly developed internal labour market, low social status and a low level of professional prestige. "
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