7 million missing children?

I listened to Freakonomics recently. It was very thought-provoking.


One of the stories the authors shared included how the I.R.S. changed its requirements for parents to claim a dependant. As a result, on April 15, 1987, 7 million children “disappeared.” How could this happen? What was the change?

The I.R.S. required that parents list their dependants with their Social Security Number, not just their name.

A few thoughts for leaders:

What we measure matters.

How we measure what we measure, matters more.

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