The Relationship between Lead and Crime∗

  title={The Relationship between Lead and Crime∗},
  author={Paul B Stretesky and Michael J. Lynch},
  journal={Journal of Health and Social Behavior},
  pages={214 - 229}
This study investigates the association between air-lead levels and crime rates across 2,772 U.S. counties. Data for the analysis come from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Census, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Results suggest that air-lead levels have a direct effect on property and violent crime rates even after adjusting for general levels of air pollution and several structural covariates of crime. We also find that resource deprivation interacts with air-lead… Expand

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