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Progress Toward Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector : Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy - Michael A. Crew

Progress Toward Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector

Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy

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


Published: November 2005
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The European Commission and its member states, along with many others, are wrestling with the problem of how to implement the scheduled liberalization of the postal sector while maintaining the universal service obligation. This book addresses some of these concerns. It is comprised of original essays chosen from among several dozen presented at the 13th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, which was held in Antwerp, Belgium, in June, 2005.

The welfare effects of entry and strategies for maintaining the USO in the postal sectorp. 3
Universal service obligations in the postal sector : economic learnings from cross-country comparisonsp. 23
Profitability of the universal service postal provider under entry with economies of scale in collection and deliveryp. 39
On the use of cost functions in the assessment of the impact of liberalization on postal universal service burden : restricted versus flexible specificationsp. 59
Questioning the monopoly-supported postal USO in developing countriesp. 75
Estimating the net cost of the USO : a case study of Colombiap. 89
Assessing the cost of the Portuguese postal network : practical cost evaluation of a USO and other applicationsp. 103
Establishing non-uniform access prices in the UKp. 123
Worksharing : how much productive efficiency, at what cost and at what price?p. 141
Regulating access to stimulate competition in postal markets?p. 153
Enhancing competition by unbundling the postal administrationp. 173
The economic implications of quality of service regulation in a liberalized postal marketp. 193
Estimation of consumers' willingness-to-pay for quality of service in postp. 209
Pricing and welfare implications of alternative approaches to setting price controls in the postal sectorp. 227
Pricing the last mile in the postal sectorp. 249
Forecasting Swiss mail demandp. 267
Generational analysis of mail usersp. 281
The new EC framework for state aid to public service and the postal sector : where do we stand now?p. 303
Postal services regulation in Europe : a comparative study of the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Swedenp. 321
Benefit-cost regulation of negotiated service agreementsp. 341
The "real" graveyard spiral : experiences from the liberalized Swedish postal marketp. 359
Competition structure and future postal reform in Japan : in comparison with international liberalizationp. 369
The privatization of Japan post : ensuring both a viable post and a level playing fieldp. 385
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ISBN: 9780387297439
ISBN-10: 038729743X
Series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: November 2005
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.76