Managing Change in the Postal and Delivery Industries / Edition 1

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Managing Change in the Postal and Delivery Industries brings together practitioners, postal administrators, the express industry, regulators, economists and lawyers to examine the important policy and regulatory issues facing the postal and delivery industries. This volume reviews such topics as international postal policy, the universal service obligation, regulation and competition, entry and the role of scale and scope economics, cost analysis in postal services, and service standards. This book provides a unique perspective on the problems facing postal and delivery networks.

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Contributors from academia, the industry itself, and regulatory agencies around the world present 23 papers, originally delivered at a May 1996 conference in Monterey, California. They look at such issues as 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, productivity, interactions between law and economics, and service standards. They include theoretical, empirical, legal, institutional, and policy perspectives. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792398493
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/1997
  • Series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series, #25
  • Edition description: 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Authors and Discussants
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Issues in Measuring Incremental Cost in a Multi-Function Enterprise 3
2 Cost and Benefits of Universal Service Obligations in the Postal Sector 22
3 Peak Loads and Postal Services: Some Implications of Multi-Stage Production 42
4 Scale Economies and Natural Monopoly in the Postal Delivery: Comparison Between Parametric and Non Parametric Specifications 65
5 A Cross Sectional Comparison and Analysis of Productivity for 21 National Postal Administrations 83
6 A Measure of Scale Economies for Postal Systems 115
7 Demand Models for Letter Mail and Its Substitutes: Results from Finland 133
8 Changes in the Household-Level Demand for Postal Delivery Services from 1986 to 1994 162
9 The UK Post Office Competition Law Compliance Program 195
10 Monopolies and European Community Competition Law: Current Problems 205
11 Liberalized Postal Markets: Finnish and Swedish Experiences 214
12 Cost and Returns from Delivery to Sparsely Settled Rural Areas 237
13 The Universal Service Obligation for Post: Some Australian Calculations 258
14 The Challenge of Electronic Competition: Empirical Analysis of Substitution Effects on the Demand for Letter Services 270
15 Providing Universal Service in Competitive Postal Markets 288
16 The Cost of the Universal Postal Service in a Competitive Environment: Lessons from Telecommunications 304
17 The Roots of Deregulation: Why Aviation and Telecommunications But Not the Post Office? 321
18 The Future of the U.S. Postal Service: An Assessment of Options 342
19 The Structure Of Postal Markets 356
20 Competition And Rate Restructuring For Postal Services 370
21 Competitor Access To The Postal Pipeline: The New Zealand Experience 389
22 Competition in Postal Markets: The German Direct Mail Market 399
23 Postal Services: Competition in the Netherlands - Current Situation 417
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