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Technical and Social Determinants of Productivity Growth in Bituminous Coal Mining, 1955-1980

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  • Michele I. Naples

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The severe productivity slowdown in coal mining in the 1970s has been widely attributed to the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. However, other variables also warrant attention. Increasing unrest in the coal fields and challenges to both the Mine workers Union and coal operators also characterized the period. In particular, strikes over working conditions skyrocketed. New pollution controls and the oil crisis caused structural shifts in the demand for coal, impinging on productivity. This econometric study documents the salience of social determinants of the productivity slowdown controlling for these factors; the conclusion explores implications for how to conceptualize productivity.

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  • Michele I. Naples, 1998. "Technical and Social Determinants of Productivity Growth in Bituminous Coal Mining, 1955-1980," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 24(3), pages 325-342, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:24:y:1998:i:3:p:325-342
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    1. Ediger, Volkan Ş. & Berk, Istemi & Ersoy, Mücella, 2015. "An assessment of mining efficiency in Turkish lignite industry," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 44-51.
    2. John E. Tilton, 2013. "Cyclical and Secular Determinants of Productivity in the Copper, Aluminum, Iron Ore, and Coal Industries," Working Papers 2013-11, Colorado School of Mines, Division of Economics and Business.

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    Keywords

    Bituminous; Coal Mining; Mine; Mines; Mining; Oil; Productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • L71 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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