The Miner Act of 2006: Innovating for Safety and Health in U.S. Mining

19 Pages Posted: 13 May 2019

See all articles by Andrew A. Toole

Andrew A. Toole

US Patent and Trademark Office

James Forman

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Asrat Tesfayesus

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

The working paper uses patent data to explore the levels and trends in technological innovations in U.S. mineral mining with a particular focus on safety and health. We present four types of patent-based evidence on the impact of the 2006 MINER Act. While this evidence does not include a randomized or natural experiment to establish causality, all four types of evidence point to a positive and significant effect of the MINER Act on patenting in safety-related mineral mining technologies as well as reduced injuries and lost workdays among mine workers.

Suggested Citation

Toole, Andrew A. and Forman, James and Tesfayesus, Asrat, The Miner Act of 2006: Innovating for Safety and Health in U.S. Mining (January 2019). USPTO Economic Working Paper No. 2019-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3376091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3376091

Andrew A. Toole (Contact Author)

US Patent and Trademark Office ( email )

Alexandria
VA 22313-1451
United States

James Forman

United States Patent and Trademark Office ( email )

Alexandria
VA 22313-1451
United States

Asrat Tesfayesus

United States Patent and Trademark Office ( email )

Alexandria
VA 22313-1451
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
6
Abstract Views
186
PlumX Metrics