Maybe the Tooth Fairy earned a Master’s in economics.  USA Today reported that the Tooth Fairy’s cash payout increase is within a percentage point of the S&P 500’s, continuing the survey’s pattern of following the index’s direction for 12 of the past 13 years.

According to Delta Dental’s 13th annual Tooth Fairy survey, cash payouts during the past year have left previous years in the dust. The 2016 all-time high average: $4.66, a 75-cent increase over 2015.

How does that round out for the year?  In 2016, the Tooth Fairy paid an estimated $290.6 million for lost teeth, up 13.5 percent from the prior year. Cash payouts for a child’s first lost tooth, typically higher than average, are also up nearly 10 percent at $5.72.

Find out which area of the country earn higher payouts and whether children save, spend, donate or loan their payouts: