Are women really that happy at work? Australian evidence on the 'contented female'

Kifle, T., Kler, P. and Shankar, S. (2014) Are women really that happy at work? Australian evidence on the 'contented female'. Applied Economics, 46 7: 686-697. doi:10.1080/00036846.2013.851781

Author Kifle, T.
Kler, P.
Shankar, S.
Title Are women really that happy at work? Australian evidence on the 'contented female'
Journal name Applied Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-6846
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00036846.2013.851781
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 46
Issue 7
Start page 686
End page 697
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article investigates the apparent paradox of females possessing higher levels of job satisfaction compared to their male counterparts despite possessing worse employment outcomes. Postulating that the female workforce is heterogeneous by age, education and the presence of children, we create four groups; the aggregated, young and childless, young with children and the educated. The article finds statistical evidence of significant gender differences, though not uniformly so. Econometric results, however, paint a muddier picture, indicating that statistical results alone should not be used to categorically report incidences of gender differences in job satisfaction. Sample-selection bias results also evince sub-group heterogeneity and require further study. The determinants of job satisfaction vary between measures and sub-groups, though not necessarily so across gender. In sum, the article finds that the paradox does exhibit itself for the aggregated and young and childless sub-groups, but is largely absent for the young with children group. As well, there is a clear bifurcation in job satisfaction between genders for the educated sub-group. This suggests that employed females should not be viewed as a monolithic bloc in the labour force.
Keyword Job satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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