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Approval of Equal Rights and Gender Differences in Well-Being


Lalive, Rafael; Stutzer, Alois (2004). Approval of Equal Rights and Gender Differences in Well-Being. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 194, University of Zurich.

Abstract

"Women earn less than men but are not less satisfied with life. This paper argues that norms on the appropriate pay for women compared to men explain thesenfindings. We take citizens’ approval of an equal rights amendment to the Swissnconstitution as a proxy for the norm that “women and men shall have the right to equal pay for work of equal value”. We find that the gender wage gap narrows by onenfifth due to an increase by one standard deviation in the approval. Rejecting annexplanation in terms of discrimination, we find that employed women are less (notnmore) satisfied with life in liberal communities where the gender wage gap is smaller."

Abstract

"Women earn less than men but are not less satisfied with life. This paper argues that norms on the appropriate pay for women compared to men explain thesenfindings. We take citizens’ approval of an equal rights amendment to the Swissnconstitution as a proxy for the norm that “women and men shall have the right to equal pay for work of equal value”. We find that the gender wage gap narrows by onenfifth due to an increase by one standard deviation in the approval. Rejecting annexplanation in terms of discrimination, we find that employed women are less (notnmore) satisfied with life in liberal communities where the gender wage gap is smaller."

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2004
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 12:55
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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