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

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Schröder, Martin (University of Marburg)
Publication Date
2018
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Income
    • Family
Description
  • 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.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-01-01 / 2016-01-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany / DE
Sampled Universe
Population aged 18-65
Sampling
SOEP sampling
Collection Mode
    • Interview
Data and File Information
    • File Name: results.do
      File Format: text/x-stata-syntax
      File Size: 19920
      Data Fingerprint: e4156f375cba2660eb525a7fc5c9fd0d
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: data_preparation.do
      File Format: text/x-stata-syntax
      File Size: 13766
      Data Fingerprint: 26a93c29c692b2f949de359d9fdb9142
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: online_annex.do
      File Format: text/x-stata-syntax
      File Size: 25470
      Data Fingerprint: 8ea087b7f03a74d26ac33681da4bd32f
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Note
Source: SOEP
Availability
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Free Access (with Registration)
Rights
CC BY 4.0

Update Metadata: 2019-10-01 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2018-04-11

Schröder, Martin (2018): Code: How working hours influence the life satisfaction of childless men and women, fathers and mothers in Germany. Version: 1. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.7802/1628