Many countries measure life satisfaction, but they do it in different ways. This thesis empirically investigates whether the question tone, the question wording and the question scaling has an influence on the self-reported life satisfaction. This research uses self-collected data. The sample size of this research is 664. The data for the experiment is non-parametric. Tests that are used are the Mann-Witney U test and the Kruskal-Wallis test (for medians), the Brown Forsythe test (for distributions) and the Bootstrap (for correlations). The question tone, question wording and the question scaling do not influence the self-reported life satisfaction. A possible explanation for this could be due to a small sample size. Limitations for this study are that data is mostly collected at the Erasmus University. Also, there is only a between-subjects design. With a within-subject design it is easier to detect differences across levels of the independent variables.

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Thesis Advisor M. Hendriks
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Series Business Economics
R.R. Mangroe. (2019, July 19). Do you feel more satisfied if it will be asked differently?. Business Economics. Retrieved from