Lead and Juvenile Delinquency : New Evidence from Linked Birth , School and Juvenile Detention Records

  title={Lead and Juvenile Delinquency : New Evidence from Linked Birth , School and Juvenile Detention Records},
  author={Anna Aizer and Janet Currie},
Using a unique dataset linking preschool blood lead levels (BLLs), birth, school, and detention data for 120,000 children born 1990-2004 in Rhode Island, we estimate the impact of lead on behavior: school suspensions and juvenile detention. We develop two instrumental variables approaches to deal with potential confounding from omitted variables and measurement error in lead. The first leverages the fact that we have multiple noisy measures for each child. The second exploits very local, within… CONTINUE READING


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