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Soft Coal, Hard Choices – The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

Price V. Fishback


This is a study of the economic lives of American bituminous coal miners in the early part of this century. Most studies of labor in coal mining focus on the struggle to organize unions. This study offers a broader, more quantitative picture of the labor market, making use of economic theory and statistics, and emphasizing competition among employers for labor, the legal environment, the development of institutions in response to transaction costs, as well as the impact of labor unions.

Keywords: coal miners, labor unions, labor market, economic theory, bituminous coal, institutions, competition, legal environment, transaction costs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195067255
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Price V. Fishback, author
University of Arizona