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Billings, Stephen B., and Schnepel, Kevin T. Replication data for: Life after Lead: Effects of Early Interventions for Children Exposed to Lead. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2018. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Lead pollution is consistently linked to cognitive and behavioral impairments, yet little is known about the benefits of public health interventions for children exposed to lead. This paper estimates the long-term impacts of early-life interventions (e.g. lead remediation, nutritional assessment, medical evaluation, developmental surveillance, and public assistance referrals) recommended for lead-poisoned children. Using linked administrative data from Charlotte, NC, we compare outcomes for children who are similar across observable characteristics but differ in eligibility for intervention due to blood lead test results. We find that the negative outcomes previously associated with early-life exposure can largely be reversed by intervention.

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JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      I12 Health Behavior
      I18 Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
      I21 Analysis of Education
      J13 Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
      J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
      Q51 Valuation of Environmental Effects

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