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Postal and Delivery Services : Pricing, Productivity, Regulation and Strategy - Michael A. Crew

Postal and Delivery Services

Pricing, Productivity, Regulation and Strategy

By: Michael A. Crew (Editor), Paul R. Kleindorfer (Editor)

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Published: 6th February 2002
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When Postmaster General Creswell penned his concern about the impact 2 of electronic diversion on his postal organization, the year was 1872. General Creswell, it turned out, fretted unnecessarily. Facsimile did not achieve commercial viability until roughly a century after his tenure as Postmaster General and today that technology is fading rapidly from the communication scene. Moreover, it never appears to have significantly affected physical letter volumes. However, if General Creswell were leading a major postal organization today, he likely would feel threatened by the potential of Internet communication to cause electronic diversion of physical mail. Should recent technology developments cause the oft-predicted (but so far incorrect) inflection point that would mark the beginning of declining mail volumes. the implications from a management standpoint will be profound. The relatively fixed nature of postal costs suggest that volume declines must be offset though improved productivity, reduced cost of inputs, revenue from new products that share common costs, or reduced level of universal service.

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Preface and Acknowledgements
Liberalization and the Universal Service Obligation
Putty-Putty, Putty-Clay or Humpty-Dumpty?p. 3
Funding the Universal Service Obligation under Liberalisationp. 31
Assessing Liberalization in Contextp. 53
Sustainability of USO in a Liberalized Postal Marketp. 75
A Comparison of a Burden of Universal Service in Italy and the United Statesp. 87
The Welfare Economics of Universal Service Standards and Service Qualityp. 107
Two-Tier Pricing under Liberalizationp. 127
Cost and Demand Studies
Postal Services Cost Modelingp. 145
An Econometric Study of Cost Elasticity in the Activities of Post Office Countersp. 161
Mail Demand in the Long and Short Termp. 171
Productivity and the Substitution between Labor and Capital in Postal Organizationsp. 191
Disaggregated Letter Traffic Demand in the UKp. 203
Strategic Issues
People and Privatizationp. 221
Modern Postal Reform Lawsp. 247
Evaluation of a Public Post Office: A Canadian Experiencep. 271
Saturday Delivery: Who Provides It? Who Needs It?p. 299
Postal Administrations and Non-Postal Productsp. 317
USPS Finances: Is there a financially viable futurep. 331
Postal Infrastructures and Economic Developmentp. 355
Assessment and Responses of Postal Sector Operators to Electronic Diversionsp. 373
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ISBN: 9780792376385
ISBN-10: 0792376382
Series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 403
Published: 6th February 2002
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Dimensions (cm): 24.99 x 15.19  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.67