Emerging Competition in Postal and Delivery Services / Edition 1

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Overview

Emerging Competition in Postal and Delivery Services brings together practitioners, postal administrators, the courier industry, regulators, academic economists and lawyers to examine important policy and regulatory issues facing the postal and delivery industries. This volume reviews such topics as cost and productivity analysis, universal service and entry, demand analysis and the structure of postal payment system, price regulation and competition.
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Administrators and practitioners from the postal and delivery industries, regulators, lawyers, and academics offer 21 papers from conferences in Helsingor, Denmark in June 1997 and Montreux, Switzerland in June 1998. They address the major themes of international postal policy; the universal service obligation; regulation; competition, entry, and the role of scale and scope economies; the nature and role of cost analysis in postal service; productivity; the interaction of law and economics; and service standards. Other than one paper on Japan, the focus is pretty exclusively on Europe and the US. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Table of Contents

Authors
Preface and Acknowledgements
Legal and Institutional Perspectives
1 GATS and Physical Delivery Networks 3
2 Postal Pipeline Liberalization: the Beginning of the End for the Uniform Tariff? 21
3 The Swiss Postal Law of 1998: Is It Worth the Monopoly Protection? 31
4 Postal Joint Ventures and EC Competition Law Considerations: A Case Study Based on a Venture Between the Nordic PPOs 43
5 Postal Service and the Telecommunications Analogy 51
Cost and Productivity Analysis
6 Productivity and Technical Change in a Public Service Enterprise 75
7 Empirical Estimation of Incremental Costs for the U.S. Postal Service 89
8 Technico-Economic Analysis of the Costs of Outside Work in Postal Delivery 101
9 Proprietary Information Networks and the Scope of the Firm: the Case of International Courier and Small Package Services in Japan 123
Universal Service and Entry
10 An Analysis of the Potential for Cream Skimming in the United States Residential Delivery Market 141
11 Mail Goes Where the Money Is: A Study of Rural Mail Delivery in the U.S. 159
12 Managing the Universal Service Obligation 181
13 Estimating the Cost of the Universal Service Obligation in Postal Service 195
14 Authorization Procedures in The Postal Sector: Possible Lessons from Other Sectors for Entry Regulation 209
Demand Analysis and the Structure of Postal Payment Systems
15 How Important Have Price and Quality of Service Been to Mail Volume Growth? 229
16 The Future of Targeted Communication in Finland 245
17 Demand for Letters in Portugal 265
18 Transaction Costs of Alternative Postage Payment and Evidencing Systems 281
19 Transaction Cost Economics of Postage Payment and Mailer-Post Interface 295
Price Regulation
20 Postal Worksharing: Welfare, Technical Efficiency, and Pareto Optimality 311
21 Price-Cap Regulation in the Postal Sector: An International Comparison and Assessment 335
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