Odds for having 12 sons

Sometimes people never learn. Jacque Wilson, in a piece for CNN titled: Calculating the odds: 12 sons in a row reports the odds at about 1 in 4000. The problem first is in calculating the odds after discovering an instance of the event. I can’t just flip a coin 12 times, get 12 heads and […]

“Daddy Bonus” & “Mommy Tax” – or the value of having children

Last May the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies at the City University of New York released a paper titled: The ‘Mommy Tax’ and ‘Daddy Bonus’ Parenthood and Income in New York City 1990 – 2010. The paper included a considerable number of tables on incomes for men and woman both with and […]

Who pays the most taxes? A worthless graphic

I spotted this graphic over at CNN tonight. But they don’t get the real credit as it came from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The full CNN article is here, and the interactive graphic is here. It is hard to imagine how to construct a less informative graphic to compare tax rates around […]

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