A large literature finds that the self-employed are more satisfied in their jobs. Interestingly, like in the wage and salary sector, ceteris paribus, self-employed women are found to have more satisfaction in their jobs than self-employed men, even though the gender wage differential is higher for the self-employed. This paper examines the so-called ‘paradox of the contented female worker’ for both sectors, focusing on the importance of certain job attributes and whether workers actually experience these attributes. Properly controlling for the gap between desiring and actually obtaining these attributes ‘explains’ the gender differential in job satisfaction of the self-employed.
|Place of Publication||Aberdeen|
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen Business School|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|
|Name||Discussion Paper in Economics|
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen|
- job satisfaction
- gender differences
- job attributes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
Bender, K. A., & Roche, K. (2016). Self-employment and the Paradox of the Contented Female Worker. (pp. 0-30). (Discussion Paper in Economics; Vol. 16, No. 4). Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen Business School.