Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170856
Authors: 
Billings, Stephen B.
Schnepel, Kevin T.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10872
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
lead exposure
early health shocks
early childhood intervention
human capital formation
JEL: 
I12
I18
I21
J13
J24
K42
Q53
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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