Life after Lead: Effects of Early Interventions for Children Exposed to Lead
Stephen B. Billings and
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2018, vol. 10, issue 3, 315-44
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.
JEL-codes: I12 I18 I21 J13 J24 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20160056
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... NEvxWmK7H184wiMpcj9v (application/zip)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... tirRouB-00FzrbOOXzNE (application/pdf)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles/attachments?retrie ... NlNTF10OX9tuUeQP0zZj (application/zip)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.
Working Paper: Life After Lead: Effects of Early Interventions for Children Exposed to Lead (2017)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aejapp:v:10:y:2018:i:3:p:315-44
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics is currently edited by Alexandre Mas
More articles in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().