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The Economics of Kentucky Coal

The energy problem confronting the United States has focused attention on Kentucky's coal. Mr. Harvey here presents a comprehensive analysis of the coal industry in Kentucky, which consistently produces more than a fifth of the nation's coal. Because the coal industries in eastern and western Kentucky differ in many respects, Mr. Harvey has analyzed them separately. Although faced with competition from the foreign oil market, prospects for eastern Kentucky coal seem favorable because of its high quality and easy access to markets. The future of the coal industry in western Kentucky, Mr. Harvey asserts, depends upon implementation and enforcement of air-pollution standards, pending legislation regulating strip mining, fuel-import prices and policies, foreign currency fluctuations, and other factors. He foresees a moderate growth in the coal industry over the next five to ten years.

About the Author

Curtis E. Harvey is associate professor of economics at the University of Kentucky.


"A handy reference on all aspects of Kentucky's coal industry, from the size and types of mines to unionization, productivity and prices."—Louisville Courier-Journal

"A comprehensive analysis of the economic structure of the coal industry in a state which consistently produces more than one-fifth of the nation's coal."—Growth and Change

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