NIH awards grant to Professor Lleras-Muney

The National Institute for Health has awarded UCLA Professor Lleras-Muney a grant for the project titled “The Health and Education Impacts of Long-Run Exposure to Pollution in Childhood: Evidence from the US Army.” The project will assess the causal effects of long-term pollution exposure on children’s health and educational attainment. It will focus on the children of military personnel, who represent an ideal group for this study because of rich administrative data that allows us to track the location and health status of children from birth to young adulthood. The results will contribute to a greater understanding of how the environment that children grow up in affects their long-term health and socioeconomic status, as well as provide guidance for regulatory policy on what constitutes safe levels of pollution exposure for this vulnerable subpopulation.