Regulation and the Nature of Postal and Delivery Services / Edition 1

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This book is based on a conference on 'Regulation and the Evolving Nature of Postal and Delivery Services: 1992 and Beyond' held at Village PTT, La Londe les Maures, France, on March 18, 1992. Leading practitioners, worldwide postal administrations, and the express delivery industry, as well as a number of regulators, academic economists, and lawyers examine the important policy and regulatory issues facing the postal and delivery industries. This includes such issues as: international postal policy and the role of the Universal Postal Union; regulation and terminal dues; competition, entry and the role of scale and scope economies; the nature and role of costs analysis in postal service; productivity; and service standards.

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Table of Contents

Authors and Discussants
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Issues Facing the International Postal Service 1
2 The Future of the Universal Postal Union 7
Comments 34
Comments 39
3 The Regulation of International Mail Services 45
Comments 49
4 Nordic Measurements 1991: Service Performance and Terminal Dues Settlement 53
5 Franchise Bidding, Contracting Out, and Worksharing in the Production of Postal Services: Can They Collect, Sort, and Deliver? 69
Comments 86
6 Competition, Efficiency, and the Vertical Structure of Postal Services 91
Comments 106
7 Economies of Scale and Scope and Competition in Postal Services 109
Comments 128
8 Measuring Product Costs for Ratemaking: The United States Postal Service 133
Comments 158
9 Rural Delivery and the Universal Service Obligation: A Quantitative Investigation 161
Comments 177
10 Remailing in the European Community: Economic Analysis of Alternative Regulatory Environments 179
Comments 204
11 The International Mail Market in the 1990s 207
Comments: Perennial Gales and the International Mail 217
12 Regulatory Systems For Postal Rates 221
Comments 235
13 U.S. Postal Service Productivity: Measurement and Performance 237
Comments 256
14 Policy Implications of Postal Network Access 261
15 Service Performance in the Postal Business 273
Comments 287
16 Models of Reliability in Postal Services 291
Comments 300
17 Measuring Performance in Mail Delivery 303
Comments 321
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