Turns out the tooth fairy might know more about our economic future than Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.
Maybe Geithner should don a tutu! It might give him more insight into whether we're pulling out of the recession. A new poll says tooth fairy dividends have risen 13% from last year. Tooth fairies have been plunking down up to $2.13 per tooth, compared to $1.88 just 12 months ago.
And that's good news for kids AND the economy.
Researchers claim that in the past 10 years, something called the "Tooth Fairy Index" has accurately reflected the Dow Jones trends.
"This year's Tooth Fairy Poll average reflects improvements we're seeing in other areas of the economy," says a rep from Delta Dental of Minnesota, which sponsors the survey. "For example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 23% during the same time period. The tooth fairy may be another indicator that the economy is starting to recover."
Data culled from the study shows that kids get anywhere from five cents all the way to $50 payoffs per tooth. Hopefully that's not all in pennies.