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Bio   William M. Boal, Professor of Economics, holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has taught at Stanford, Ohio State University, and Iowa State University, and since 1995 at Drake. His research is in labor economics, with special interest in coal mining in the early twentieth century.
  In his spare time, he sings in the Drake University/Community Chorus and studies Chinese.
How to
reach me
  • Telephone and voice mail: 515-271-3129
  • CBPA fax: 515-271-4518 (not private)
  • Electronic mail:
  • Office location: 319 Aliber Hall.
  • Fall 2015 office hours:
    Monday-Friday 11-noon,
    and by appointment.

Refereed publications

  • "Unionism and Productivity in West Virginia Coal Mining," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 43, No. 4 (April 1990), pp. 390-405.
  • "The Effects of Labor Unions on Employment, Wages, and Days of Operation: Coal Mining in West Virginia" (with John H. Pencavel), Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 109, No. 1 (February 1994), pp. 267-298.
  • "Estimates of Unionism in West Virginia Coal, 1900-1935," Labor History, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Summer 1994), pp. 429-441.
  • "Union Response to Mechanization in U.S. Bituminous Coal," Labour Economics, Vol. 2, No. 3-4 (September 1994), pp. 243-267.
  • "Testing for Employer Monopsony in Turn-of-the-Century Coal Mining," RAND Journal of Economics, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Autumn 1995), pp. 519-536.
  • "Monopsony in the Labor Market" (with Michael Ransom), Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 35, No. 1 (March 1997), pp. 86-112.
  • "New Estimates of Paid-up Membership in the United Mine Workers, 1902-29, by State and Province," Labor History, Vol. 47, No. 4 (November 2006), pp. 537-546.
  • "The Effect of Minimum Salaries on Employment of Teachers: A Test of the Monopsony Model," Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 75, No. 3 (January 2009), pp. 611-638. (Data and programs.)
  • "The Effect of Unionism on Accidents in U.S. Coal Mining, 1897-1929," Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, No. 1 (January 2009), pp. 97-120. (Longer working paper version.)

Other publications

Working papers


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