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Sources of Productivity Decline in U.S. Coal Mining, 1972-1977

In this paper we estimate production functions for surface and underground coal mines. These production functions are then used to estimate individual mine productivity, to explain productivity differentials across mines, and to assess the importance of several assumed sources of productivity decline in this industry. For readers not familiar with coal-mining operations, we first present a summary discussion of coal-mining technology.

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Energy Specializations: Coal – Mining Techniques and Production

JEL Codes: Q35: Hydrocarbon Resources, Q38: Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation: Government Policy, L71: Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels

Keywords: Coaling mining, US, Productivity decline

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol3-No3-4

Published in Volume 3, Number 3 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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