The Long-Run Spillover Effects of Pollution: How Exposure to Lead Affects Everyone in the Classroom

Claudia Persico
Event speaker

Claudia Persico, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

Date
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 01:00pm–02:00pm
Location
Zoom

The Long-Run Spillover Effects of Pollution: How Exposure to Lead Affects Everyone in the Classroom

Children exposed to pollutants like lead are more disruptive and have lower achievement. However, little is known about whether lead-exposed children affect the long-run outcomes of their peers. We estimate these spillover effects using new data on preschool blood lead levels (BLLs) matched to education data for all students in North Carolina public schools. We compare siblings whose school-grade cohorts differ in the proportion of children with elevated BLLs, holding constant school and peers’ demographics, to estimate the long run impacts of lead-exposed peers on educational outcomes.

Moderator: Katharine Meyer, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Annenberg Institute