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Colliery Results and Closures after the 1984-85 Coal Dispute


  • Glyn, Andrew


The operating results of the collieries comprising the U.K. coal industry are analyzed for the year after the 1984-85 miners' strike. Productivity increased rapidly, mainly due to higher productivity in the continuing coal mines. Closures played a relatively small role, and were only partially concentrated on the highest cost pits. This high cost tail did not emerge immediately before the strike, but rather became much more visible due to deteriorating operating results for the industry as a whole. Productivity increases since the strike have reflected cuts in manpower, as well as increased output and have varied widely by geographical area. Copyright 1988 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Glyn, Andrew, 1988. "Colliery Results and Closures after the 1984-85 Coal Dispute," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 50(2), pages 161-173, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:50:y:1988:i:2:p:161-73

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    1. Juan-Pablo Rud & Michael Simmons & Gerhard Toews & Fernando Aragon, 2022. "Job Displacement Costs of Phasing out Coal," Working Papers 184, Red Nacional de Investigadores en Economía (RedNIE).

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