Code: How working hours influence the life satisfaction of childless men and women, fathers and mothers in Germany Code: How working hours influence the life satisfaction of childless men and women, fathers and mothers in Germany

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This paper uses the German Socio-Economic Panel to show that fathers – and to a lesser degree childless men and women, are most satisfied with life when working full-time or longer. In contrast, whether mothers spend more or less hours in employment hardly affects their life satisfaction. The rational maximization of income as postulated by family economics cannot explain these results, as they are even found in households where women earn more than men. Because they are also found among those who hold secure jobs and have very little household work and childcare duties, these results contradict the predictions by expansionist role theory that men and women are better off in egalitarian employment arrangements. The results change little over time, with cohorts or with educational group-membership. For men, the results therefore fit best with the predictions of traditional role theory, which suggests that people are most satisfied when adhering to stereotypical gender roles. This paper uses the German Socio-Economic Panel to show that fathers – and to a lesser degree childless men and women, are most satisfied with life when working full-time or longer. In contrast, whether mothers spend more or less hours in employment hardly affects their life satisfaction. The rational maximization of income as postulated by family economics cannot explain these results, as they are even found in households where women earn more than men. Because they are also found among those who hold secure jobs and have very little household work and childcare duties, these results contradict the predictions by expansionist role theory that men and women are better off in egalitarian employment arrangements. The results change little over time, with cohorts or with educational group-membership. For men, the results therefore fit best with the predictions of traditional role theory, which suggests that people are most satisfied when adhering to stereotypical gender roles. Population aged 18-65 Population aged 18-65 SOEP sampling SOEP sampling Quelle: SOEP Source: SOEP Interview Interview

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DOI http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7802/1628
Metadata Access https://www.da-ra.de/oaip/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:oai.da-ra.de:627286
Provenance
Creator Schröder, Martin
Publisher GESIS Data Archive
Publication Year 2018
Rights CC BY 4.0;CC BY 4.0;Download;Freier Zugang (mit Registrierung);Free Access (with Registration)
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Resource Type Dataset
Format text/x-stata-syntax
Coverage
Discipline Not stated
Spatial Coverage {"Deutschland / DE","Germany / DE","1984-01-01 - 2016-01-01"}
Temporal Coverage {"Deutschland / DE","Germany / DE","1984-01-01 - 2016-01-01"}