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The Long-term Effects of Early Lead Exposure: Evidence from a case of Environmental Negligence

Tomás Rau, Loreto Reyes, Sergio S. Urzúa

NBER Working Paper No. 18915
Issued in March 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

We have benefitted from the discussion with Orly Ashenfelter, Lori Beaman, David Card, Brian Jacob, Pat Kline, Fabian Lange, Giordano Palloni, Jeff Smith, Duncan Thomas, and comments from seminar participants at Duke University, Aarhus Universitet, NBER Summer Institute, University of California-Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad Diego Portales, XV Annual Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association LACEA - 2010 (Medellín, Colombia), National Environmental Commission of Chile (Comisión Nacional de Medio Ambiente, CONAMA), the XVI Annual Meeting of the Network on Inequality and Poverty NIP - 2011 (Cuernavaca, México) and the Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference 2011 (NEUDC). We thank the team of the TV show "Contacto'' for some of the data analyzed in this paper. We also thank Andrei N. Tchernitchin for his guidance on the medical literature documenting the effects of lead on humans. Tomas Rau and Sergio Urzúa thank the support of Centro de Microdatos at the University of Chile through the Millennium Science Initiative sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Economics, Development and Tourism, Project NS100041. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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