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Productivity Changes in U.S. Coal Mining

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  • Darmstadter, Joel

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Labor productivity in U.S. coal mining increased at an average annual rate of slightly over four percent during the past 45 years. This report examines key factors contributing to that record - particularly, technological innovation in both surface and underground mining and concurrent geographic shifts in U.S. coal production. Health, safety, and environmental regulations introduced in the sixties and seventies, as well as labor unrest, interrupted long-term productivity advance; but the interruption was of limited duration. Although our principal focus is on worker productivity, steady growth in the relative importance of non-labor inputs underscores the need to consider total factor productivity. The report touches on the productivity record using that measure.

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Paper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-97-40.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 1997
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Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-97-40

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  1. Parry, Ian, 1997. "Productivity Trends in the Natural Resource Industries," Discussion Papers dp-97-39, Resources For the Future.
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  1. Joaquín Jara, J. & Pérez, Patricio & Villalobos, Pablo, 2010. "Good deposits are not enough: Mining labor productivity analysis in the copper industry in Chile and Peru 1992-2009," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 247-256, December.
  2. David Grover, 2012. "The “advancedness” of knowledge in pollutionsaving technological change with a qualitative application to SO2 cap and trade," Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Papers 100, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
  3. Parry, Ian, 1997. "Productivity Trends in the Natural Resource Industries," Discussion Papers dp-97-39, Resources For the Future.
  4. Grover, David, 2013. "The ‘advancedness’ of knowledge in pollution-saving technological change with a qualitative application to SO2 cap and trade," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 123-134.

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