Gender Differences in Subjective Well-Being: Comparing Societies with Respect to Gender Equality
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- Tesch-Römer, C., Motel-Klingebiel, A. & Tomasik, M.J. Soc Indic Res (2008) 85: 329. doi:10.1007/s11205-007-9133-3
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These analyses explore the relationship between gender inequality and subjective well-being. The hypothesis was tested as to whether societal gender inequality is related to the size of gender differences in subjective well-being in various societies. Results come from comparative data sets (World Values Survey, involving 57 countries; OASIS project, involving Norway, England, Germany, Spain and Israel). The size of gender differences varied with the extent of societal gender inequality and the cultural attitudes regarding gender equality in different countries. Including individual resources like education and income in the analyses reduced the size of gender and country differences. Gender differences in subjective well-being could therefore be related to gender specific access to goal relevant resources.