Soft Coal, Hard Choices The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930

ISBN-10: 0195067258

ISBN-13: 9780195067255

Edition: 1992

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

List price: $155.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The Miners' Choices: Voice or Exit
The Analytical Framework
The Implications of Competition
The Impact of Collective Action and Unions
Summary of Implications
The Coal Labor Market, 1890-1930
Long-term Trends in the Coal Product Market
Exercising Voice Through the Union
Competition Among Employers for Labor
The Miners' Mobility
The Miners' Information
Summary
Working in a Coal Mine
Tonnage Men
Daymen
Management
Rewards in the Occupational Hierarchy
Methods of Wage Payment
Piece Rates, Time Rates, and Transactions Costs
Piece Rates and Quality Control
Piece Rates and Variation in Mine Conditions
Summary
Dig Sixteen Tons and What Did You Get? Earnings
Why Become a Miner? High Hourly Earnings
Annual Earnings
The Worker's Choice
Trends in Real Earnings
Regional Comparisons Within Coal Mining
Summary
Death's Taken a Mighty Toll for Coal, Coal, Coal
The Extent and Nature of Coal Accidents
Wages and Accident Rates
Unions and Safety
Government Regulation of Safety
Changes in Liability Laws
Compensation and Accident Prevention
Summary
Did Coal Miners "Owe Their Souls to the Company Store"?
The Limits on Store Monopoly
Why Did Companies Own Stores?
Store Prices
Were Miners Forced to Buy at the Store?
Conclusions
The Company Town
The Nature of Company Housing
Why Did Companies Own Housing?
Monopoly Ownership?
The "Necessity" of Company Ownership
A Device to Prevent Collective Action
Model Towns
Sanitation in Coal Towns During the 1920s
Sanitation in Company Towns
Sanitation in Company versus Independent Towns
Conclusions
Coal Mines as Melting Pots
The Geographic Location of Blacks and Immigrants
The Limited Nature of Discrimination in West Virginia
Wage Rates and Earnings
Differences in Workplace Safety
Positioning in the Job Hierarchy
The Impact of Competition on Segregated Schools
Housing Segregation
Segregation Across Mines
Black Workers in Alabama
Black Workers and the UMWA
Summary
What Did Miners Gain from Strikes?
Strike Activity in Bituminous Coal Mining
Differences in Strike Activity Within the Coal Industry
The Pecuniary Gains and Losses from Strikes
Violence During Strikes
Conclusions
Conclusions
Calculating Earnings for Workers in Coal Mining and Manufacturing
Annual Earnings
Hourly Earnings
Sources of Data for Panel of Twenty-three Coal States from 1901 to 1930
Accident Rates
Coal Prices, Technological Variables, Strikes, Union Strength, and Mine Size
Wage Rates
Workers' Compensation Legislation
State Mining Legislation and Enforcement
Estimating the Relationship Between Wages and Accident Rates
A Theoretical Model of Accident Prevention by Miners and Employers
The Representative Miner
The Operator
Combining the Results
Measuring Segregation in Job Hierarchies
An Empirical Test of the Influence of Coal Companies on Equalizing Black and White Schools in West Virginia
Piece Rate Regressions for West Virginia Counties
Index
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