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

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Title Code: How working hours influence the life satisfaction of childless men and women, fathers and mothers in Germany
Other Title Wie Arbeitszeiten die Lebenszufriedenheit von kinderlosen Männern und Frauen sowie Vätern und Müttern beeinflussen;Alternativer Titel
URI http://doi.org/10.7802/1628
Primary Researcher Schröder, Martin;University of Marburg
Publication Year 2018
Availability Freier Zugang (mit Registrierung)
Journal Name Zeitschrift für Soziologie
Volume 47
Issue Number 1
Subject Area Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior
Topic Classification Income
Family
Abstract 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.
Geographical Area Germany / DE
Universe Population aged 18-65
Selection Method SOEP sampling
Data Collection Mode Interview
Survey Period 1984-01-01;2016-01-01
Licenses CC BY 4.0
Source SOEP
Reference Publication Schröder, Martin, 2018: How working hours influence the life satisfaction of childless men and women, fathers and mothers in Germany. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie 47 (1), 65-82. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfsoz-2018-1004

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