Lead in Drinking Water and Birth Outcomes: A Tale of Two Water Treatment Plants
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Detroit, MI 48202
Department of Economics
"Lead in Drinking Water and Birth Outcomes: A Tale of Two Water Treatment Plants"
The recent drinking water crisis in Newark, NJ's largest city, has renewed concerns about the lead-in-water crisis becoming a persistent and nationwide one owing to the nation's aging infrastructure. We exploit a unique natural experiment in Newark to identify the causal effect of lead exposure on fetal health. Our findings have important policy implications, in light of not only the long-term impact of compromised health at birth, but also the aging infrastructure that makes lead pipe replacement an urgency.