The Cat's Cradle

"No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's . . . No damn cat, no damn cradle." -- Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Pollution and human capital

This weekend's Wall Street Journal cited the Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing which said that 34% of children in China have blood-lead levels that exceed the World Health Organization's limit. Given that reductions in IQ can occur even at levels below the WHO limit (10 micrograms per deciliter), this could have tremendous implications for future levels of human capital in China. By allowing factories to continue producing high levels of lead emissions, the Chinese government is effectively trading future growth for short-term production.


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