We have access to more data than ever—why do we get so much of it wrong?

Allison Schrager
We have access to more data than ever—why do we get so much of it wrong?

Meanwhile a recent study disputes the frequently cited statistic (and the subject of a successful book) that 3.6 million American households live on less than $2 a day. Also in the news, a London School of Economics professor and author of a forthcoming book claimed childless single people are happier than marrieds. Technology, social media, and just the availability of more data is leading to more cases of familiar statistics being disproven in very public ways.