T-Test with Likert Scale Variables
5 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 25, 2016
Although Likert scale is numeric, it is intrinsically ordinal (1 – Strongly disagree to 5 - Strongly agree). Even ordinal, due to convenience it is usual to use a t-test to evaluate whether two groups are significantly different (testing population mean with unknown variance). In this paper I will investigate if when we have a survey that uses a Likert Scale, it is adequate to use a t-test. I will use bootstrapping by first “imposing” that the population verifies the null hypothesis. I conclude that, the use of the t-test it is valid to compare groups even when the variable is measured a Likert scale and the populations does not have a normal distribution.
Keywords: Hypothesis test, Ordinal variables, Bootstrapping
JEL Classification: C12, C15, C83
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