Productivity change in the Queensland coal industry : 1987/88 to 2000/01

Booker, Karlene. (2002). Productivity change in the Queensland coal industry : 1987/88 to 2000/01 Honours Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Booker, Karlene.
Thesis Title Productivity change in the Queensland coal industry : 1987/88 to 2000/01
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 98
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
Over the last fourteen years the Queensland coal industry has undergone significant change. Modem coal mining techniques have been implemented, and new low cost coal suppliers have entered global markets. These changes in part, it was expected, would have contributed towards the improved productivity of the coal industry in Queensland.

The purpose of the thesis was to determine empirically whether the Queensland coal industry had experienced productivity improvement over the last fourteen years. A time-series analysis was conducted to measure whether productivity had changed from 1987/88 to 2000/01. A cost function was specified for this purpose. Price indexes were also constructed to allow data comparability over time. To determine whether technical change had occurred, a coefficient of the time trend fitted to the cost function was estimated.

The results of econometric estimation did not suggest that technical change had occurred in the industry. Reasons for which are detailed in analysis. The thesis presents the underlying theory associated with productivity measurement. Sources of productivity improvement, particularly at mine sites, are also considered.


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