Eco­nomic Im­pact of Lead Poi­son­ing

Consumer Voice - - Lead Level In Paints -

A re­cent study in­ves­ti­gat­ing the eco­nomic im­pact of child­hood lead ex­po­sure on na­tional economies in all low- and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries es­ti­mated a to­tal cu­mu­la­tive cost bur­den of 977 bil­lion in­ter­na­tional dol­lars per year. The study con­sid­ered the neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal ef­fects on lead-ex­posed chil­dren, as mea­sured by re­duced IQ points, and it cor­re­lated lead ex­po­sure-re­lated re­duc­tions in chil­dren’s IQ scores to re­duc­tions in life­time eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity, as ex­pressed in life­long earn­ing power. The study iden­ti­fied many dif­fer­ent sources of lead ex­po­sure in chil­dren, with lead paint as one ma­jor source. Bro­ken down by re­gion, the eco­nomic bur­den of child­hood lead ex­po­sure as es­ti­mated by this study was:

Asia: $699.9 bil­lion of eco­nomic loss, or 1.88 per cent of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) Africa: $134.7 bil­lion of eco­nomic loss, or 4.03 per cent of GDP Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean: $142.3 bil­lion of eco­nomic loss, or 2.04 per cent of GDP

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