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Economics of the coal industry east of the Mississippi, 1973-1982

January 1, 1987

Government regulations on health, safety and environment have been poppular blamed for the declining productivity in U.S. coal mines since 1970. The stagnation in the coal industry east of the Mississippi is alleged to have been caused by this declining productivity and by the growth of cheaper and cleaner coal production west of the Mississippi. Economic evidence suggests, however, that productivity declines were more due to a relative lowering of labor costs in comparison with coal prices and due to work stoppages. The development of western coals fields was spurred by growth in local demand and had only a relatively small impact on coal production east of the Mississippi. Problems of the eastern coal industry are rooted mainly in slow economic growth in eastern U.S. which must be addressed in the long-term interests of the eastern coal industry. ?? 1987.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1987
Title Economics of the coal industry east of the Mississippi, 1973-1982
Authors S.B. Bhagwat
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title International Journal of Coal Geology
Index ID 70014218
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse