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Two women who are economists recently had their very important study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research Journal.
Anna Aizer and Janet Currie are the authors of a working paper titled Lead and Juvenile Delinquency: New Evidence from Linked Birth, School and Juvenile Detention Records. Aizer is a population studies expert and professor of economics at Brown University.
Currie works at Princeton University as a professor of public affairs and economics as well. The two women had their study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research Journal in May of 2017. In light of the forgotten water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, Aizer and Currie have brought a crucial issue to the forefront.
Their research on the effects of lead consumption in children has shown a link to the so-called pre-school-to-prison pipeline. The correlation between the two is not far-fetched, considering the fact that lead has been proven to cause psychological dysfunctions in children.
“Lead exposure in early childhood has been linked to diminished cognition, poor impulse control, inattention, and aggressive behavior. More recent studies seek to identify the effects of childhood lead exposure on crime by
exploiting the de-leading of gasoline,” Aizer and Currie wrote in their report.
“These studies suggest that reductions in exposure to lead in early childhood could explain up to 90% of the sharp downward trend in crime in the U.S. that started in the mid-1990s,” Aizier and Currie also wrote. The two women additionally focused on the draconian disciplinary procedures in America’s schools.
“Disciplinary problems are of interest in their own right as a precursor to school failure and drop out, as an outcome that can be observed in even relatively young children, and as an indicator that may be predictive of future criminal behavior,” the study reads.
“In our data, children who have been suspended from school are ten times more likely to be detained or incarcerated as adolescents or young adults,” Aizer and Currie added.
To read Aizer and Currie’s entire report about toxic lead exposure in children, behavior, and juvenile justice, please visit the link to the research source listed for this article below.