Life unleaded: effects of early interventions for children exposed to lead

Billings, Stephen and Schnepel, Kevin (2015). Life unleaded: effects of early interventions for children exposed to lead. LCC Working Paper Series 2015-18, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Billings, Stephen
Schnepel, Kevin
Title Life unleaded: effects of early interventions for children exposed to lead
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2015-18
Publication date 2015-08
Total pages 44
Language eng
Formatted 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 identify the impact of intervention based on inaccuracies in blood lead testing, which can alter intervention for individuals with similar lead exposure. We find that behavioral and education deficits previously associated with early-life exposure can largely be reversed by intervention.
Keyword Early childhood intervention
Early health shocks
Lead exposure
Human capital formation
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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