The paradox of the contented female worker

the mediating role of income and the moderating role of sexual orientation

Russell Smyth, Ingrid Nielsen, Zhiming Cheng*, Ben Zhe Wang

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Employing longitudinal data, we examine how income mediates, and sexual identity moderates, the gender-job satisfaction relationship using the theoretical lens of human capital theory. We find that income does mediate the gender-job satisfaction relationship and that the mediated relationship between gender and job satisfaction is moderated by sexual identity. Our main result is that income is a stronger driver of the gender-job satisfaction relationship for lesbians than it is for straight women. Theoretical and practical implications of this result are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2018


  • human capital
  • income
  • job satisfaction
  • Sexual identity

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