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Title: Economics of the private and social costs of Appalachian coal production. Progress report

Abstract

An attempt is made to determine the full costs associated with the production of coal in Appalachia by considering external (social) costs. The first of these broad areas involves the establishment of basic demand and supply relationships in the Appalachian coal industry. It is clearly necessary to have these data so that when social costs are quantified in other segments of the study it will be possible to specify some to the impacts of alternative policies which seek to internalize or eliminate these costs in terms of prices, outputs, employment levels, and other important economic variables. A second broad area of inquiry involves estimation of the human capital costs associated with mining activity. The methodology here is rather clear-cut, as is the application of the methodology to mine fatalities and mine injuries; major difficulties arise, however, in developing the data base for human capital calculations for mining related diseases, and such costs are likely to be a significant portion of total human capital cost. The third major area of interest is in the measurement of non-human damage costs. Three specific tasks have been undertaken: (1) a survey of perceptions of damage by residents of areas adjacent to strip mine activity,more » (2) a study of county income patterns to determine the effects of mine activity on the forms of income as a possible measure of the externalities associated with mining activity, and (3) a direct measurement of damages (floods, siltation, landslides, water pollution, etc.) and a costing out of these damages so that they can be compared to the costs of abatement, thus making possible benefit/cost comparisons for a variety of strip mining situations (e.g., slope, seam thickness, overburden characteristics, etc.).« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Tennessee Univ., Knoxville (USA). Appalachian Resources Project
OSTI Identifier:
5418112
Report Number(s):
ARP-12
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; COAL MINING; ECONOMICS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; ACCIDENTS; APPALACHIA; FLOODS; OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES; SURFACE MINING; UNDERGROUND MINING; WATER POLLUTION; DISEASES; MINING; NORTH AMERICA; POLLUTION; USA; 010900* - Coal, Lignite, & Peat- Environmental Aspects; 016000 - Coal, Lignite, & Peat- Health & Safety; 015000 - Coal, Lignite, & Peat- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects; 294001 - Energy Planning & Policy- Coal

Citation Formats

Moore, J R, Bohm, R A, Lord, J H, Schmidt-Bleek, F K, and Vaughn, G A. Economics of the private and social costs of Appalachian coal production. Progress report. United States: N. p., 1973. Web.
Moore, J R, Bohm, R A, Lord, J H, Schmidt-Bleek, F K, & Vaughn, G A. Economics of the private and social costs of Appalachian coal production. Progress report. United States.
Moore, J R, Bohm, R A, Lord, J H, Schmidt-Bleek, F K, and Vaughn, G A. Mon . "Economics of the private and social costs of Appalachian coal production. Progress report". United States.
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title = {Economics of the private and social costs of Appalachian coal production. Progress report},
author = {Moore, J R and Bohm, R A and Lord, J H and Schmidt-Bleek, F K and Vaughn, G A},
abstractNote = {An attempt is made to determine the full costs associated with the production of coal in Appalachia by considering external (social) costs. The first of these broad areas involves the establishment of basic demand and supply relationships in the Appalachian coal industry. It is clearly necessary to have these data so that when social costs are quantified in other segments of the study it will be possible to specify some to the impacts of alternative policies which seek to internalize or eliminate these costs in terms of prices, outputs, employment levels, and other important economic variables. A second broad area of inquiry involves estimation of the human capital costs associated with mining activity. The methodology here is rather clear-cut, as is the application of the methodology to mine fatalities and mine injuries; major difficulties arise, however, in developing the data base for human capital calculations for mining related diseases, and such costs are likely to be a significant portion of total human capital cost. The third major area of interest is in the measurement of non-human damage costs. Three specific tasks have been undertaken: (1) a survey of perceptions of damage by residents of areas adjacent to strip mine activity, (2) a study of county income patterns to determine the effects of mine activity on the forms of income as a possible measure of the externalities associated with mining activity, and (3) a direct measurement of damages (floods, siltation, landslides, water pollution, etc.) and a costing out of these damages so that they can be compared to the costs of abatement, thus making possible benefit/cost comparisons for a variety of strip mining situations (e.g., slope, seam thickness, overburden characteristics, etc.).},
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