As economic indicators go, this might be one of the more, uh, magical.
Outliers: Outlook poor on molars
The Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill., reports that the average child in 2011 received 42 cents less per tooth from the tooth fairy than the year before, according to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll. That’s a 17% per-tooth drop, one of the larger year-to-year declines seen in the annual survey conducted since 1998.
“Like many Americans, the tooth fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she’s hopeful for a recovery this year,” Delta spokesman Chris Pyle said in a news release.
Survey respondents said the average tooth was worth only $2.10 to a kid in 2011, although the most common amount left under the pillow at night was $1.
It may not be a scientific survey, but Outliers notes that the news release included a refreshing dose of statistical-disclosure information: Delta reported surveying 1,355 respondents, for a margin of error of plus or minus 2.66 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. Would that political surveys these days were disclosed so carefully.
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