The heavy metal project: effects of heavy metal exposure on human capital development and productivity.

Project title

The heavy metal project: effects of heavy metal exposure on human capital development and productivity. Long-term effects of environmental policy on human capital, civic participation and altruistic actions

Project summary

The focus in this research program is to study the consequences of exposure of toxic heavy metals and other environmental pollutants on human capital development, labor market success, altruistic actions and political participation. These environmental pollutants appear in our living environment and are accumulated in the soil, in the water and in other living organisms and there is a consensus in the medical literature that exposure to them have negative consequences for health and cognitive development. However, little is known about their accumulated long-term impacts. Using rich administrative data and innovative empirical methods, we will provide new knowledge about these issues.

Project duration 

2019-2023

Main applicants

Per Johansson (Department of Statistics, Uppsala University)
Peter Nilsson (IIES, Stockholm University)

Co-applicants

Linuz Aggeborn
Oscar Erixson
Mattias Öhman
Jenny Jans

Funder

Handelsbanken: Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse samt Tore Browaldhs stiftelse.

Amount received

SEK 2,100,000 + 1,487,000

Last modified: 2021-03-09