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The Work-Family Balance: Making Men and Women Happy

Working paper n°: 98

Author(s): Francesca Luppi, Letizia Mencarini, Sarah Grace See,

Year: 2017

The paper analyses how individuals’ subjective well-being, measured both in terms of life satisfaction and mental health, is affected by the work-family balance. We measure the work-family balance so as to encompass individuals’ roles as a partner, parent and employee. We, also, consider life satisfaction in partnership, family, and work as result of satisfaction with the innate psychological needs of competence, autonomy, and relatedness. Analyses are conducted on sub-samples of parents and working parents from the German Family Panel. Findings show that, even though satisfaction in the three roles is important for both men and women, differences between the sexes persist, and that these are rooted in traditional gender roles. In particular, women’s perception of being a “good mother” and men’s perception of being a “good worker” are crucial for subjective emotional and cognitive well-being.


Francesca Luppi
Bocconi University, DONDENA Centre on Social Dynamics and Public Policy

 

Letizia Mencarini
Bocconi University, DONDENA Centre on Social Dynamics and Public Policy

 

Sarah Grace See
Collegio Carlo Alberto
 

 

Language: English

 

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