Paradox Lost: The Disappearing Female Job Satisfaction Premium

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

John S. Heywood

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Parvinder Kler

University of Queensland - School of Economics

Gareth Leeves

Monash University

Date Written: September 2018

Abstract

Using the original data source of Clark, we show that over the last two decades the female satisfaction gap he documented has vanished. This reflects a strong secular decline in female job satisfaction. This decline happened both because younger women became less satisfied as they aged, and because new female workers entered with lower job satisfaction than their early 1990s peers. Decompositions make clear that the decline does not reflect changing job characteristics for women but rather their increasingly less favourable evaluation of job characteristics. These findings fit with the suggestion that women in the early 1990s had a gap between their labour market expectations and actual experience that has since closed and that the gender satisfaction gap has vanished as a consequence.

Suggested Citation

Green, Colin P. and Heywood, John S. and Kler, Parvinder and Leeves, Gareth, Paradox Lost: The Disappearing Female Job Satisfaction Premium (September 2018). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, Issue 3, pp. 484-502, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3589644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12291

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