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Identity, Gender, and Subjective Well-Being

Wen-Chun Chang ()

Review of Social Economy, 2011, vol. 69, issue 1, 97-121

Abstract: Using the self-reported level of happiness as a measure of subjective well-being, this study examines the relationship between gender identity and subjective well-being with data from Taiwan. The findings suggest that an individual's perceptions about the ideals of women's gender roles in the labor market, the family, and politics are strongly related to his or her assigned social category, the prescriptions and characteristics associated with the social category, and the actions taken to match the ideals of gender identity. Consistent with Akerlof and Kranton's (2000) identity model, it is also found that an individual's gains or losses in gender identity lead to increases or decreases in the level of happiness.

Keywords: identity; gender; well-being; happiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/00346760902756495

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