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Competition and Regulation in the Postal and Delivery Sector

Edited by the late Michael A. Crew, formerly CRRI Professor of Regulatory Economics and Director, Center for Research in Regulated Industries (CRRI), Rutgers Business School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, US and the late Paul R. Kleindorfer, former Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development, INSEAD, France and Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
orldwide, postal and delivery economics has attracted considerable interest. Numerous questions have arisen, including the role of regulation, funding the Universal Service Obligation, postal reform in Europe, Asia and North America, the future of national postal operators, demand and pricing strategies, and the principles that should govern the introduction of competition. Collected here are responses to these questions in the form of 24 essays written by researchers, practitioners, and senior managers from throughout the world.
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Publication Date: 2008
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
Worldwide, postal and delivery economics has attracted considerable interest. Numerous questions have arisen, including the role of regulation, funding the Universal Service Obligation, postal reform in Europe, Asia and North America, the future of national postal operators, demand and pricing strategies, and the principles that should govern the introduction of competition. Collected here are responses to these questions in the form of 24 essays written by researchers, practitioners, and senior managers from throughout the world.

This volume will have a broad appeal, with an audience ranging from practitioners in the express and delivery industry, national Postal Operators and managers, to economists, regulators, competition lawyers, marketers, scholars in economic regulation, and institutional libraries.
‘This is an important contribution for the regulatory issues in an important sector that is experiencing only now the pains of liberalisation in order to improve consumer welfare and became more efficient, as other sectors like energy and telecommunications have already experienced.’
– Abel Mateus, World Competition
Contributors: J. Ansón, F. Bloch, F. Boldron, L.G. Buc, C. Cazals, M.M. Cigno, R. Cohen, L. Correia da Silva, H. Cremer, M.A. Crew, G. d’Alcantara, P. de Bas, P. De Donder, K. Dewulf, L. Di Paola, A. Dieke, P. Dudley, R. Eccles, L. Fenster, J.-P. Florens, A. Fratini, A. Gautier, M.C. Harding, J. Hearn, C. Jaag, L. Jimenez, D. Joram, P.R. Kleindorfer, J.P. Klingenberg, P. Kuipers, M. Lintell, S. Maruyama, L. Mautino, D. Monaco, J.P. Myers, H. Nikali, A. Obrea, C. Panet, E. Payling, E.S. Pearsall, L.A. Pintsov, D. Rawnsley, R.A.F. Reisner, A. Robinson, M.H. Robinson, F. Rodriguez, B. Roy, S. Schölermann, R. Sheehy, S. Soteri, J. Toledano, U. Trinkner, N. van der Lijn, J. Vantomme, O. Vialaneix, V. Visco Comandini, R. Waterman, S. Xenakis
Contents:

Preface

Part I: Universal Service Obligation
1. Regulation and the USO under Entry
Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

2. Social Costs and Benefits of the Universal Service Obligation in the Postal Market
Helmuth Cremer, Philippe De Donder, François Boldron, Denis Joram and Bernard Roy

3. The Distribution of Post Offices in Italy and the United States
Robert Cohen, Luigi Di Paola, Renée Sheehy and Vincenzo Visco Comandini

4. Accessibility of the Postal Retail Network, Social Cohesion and Economic Development
François Boldron, Karen Dewulf, Denis Joram, Clémence Panet, Bernard Roy and Olivier Vialaneix

Part II: Demand
5. Forecast Uncertainty in Dynamic Models: An Application to the Demand for Mail
Catherine Cazals, Jean-Pierre Florens, Frank Rodriguez and Soterios Soteri

6. The Impact of Economic and Demographic Dispersion on Aggregate Mail Volumes
Luis Jimenez, Matthew C. Harding and Michael Lintell

7. Substitution of Letter Mail for Different Sender–Receiver Segments
Heikki Nikali

8. Empirical Analysis of Service Quality in Japan's Small Package Market
Shoji Maruyama

Part III: Pricing under Entry
9. Access, Bypass and Productivity Gains in Competitive Postal Markets
Francis Bloch and Axel Gautier

10. Pricing in Competitive Two-Sided Mail Markets
Christian Jaag and Urs Trinkner

11. Pricing, Welfare and Organisational Constraints for Postal Operators
Philippe De Donder, Helmuth Cremer, Paul Dudley and Frank Rodriguez

12. National Postal Strategies after a Full Postal Market Opening
Gonzales d’Alcantara and Axel Gautier

Part IV: Regulation
13. Postcodes in Competitive Postal Markets: Is There a Case for Regulation?
Alex Dieke and Sonja Schölermann

14. Negotiated Volume Discounts in a Regulated Post
Matthew H. Robinson, Margaret M. Cigno and J.P. Klingenberg

15. Development of Competition in EU Postal Markets: The Influence of the Regulatory Framework on the Pattern of Competition
Patrick de Bas and Nick van der Lijn

16. An Incentive Regime for Quality of Service of Universal Service Providers in the Postal Sector
Luis Correia da Silva, Leonardo Mautino, Paul Dudley and Elizabeth Payling

Part V: Postal Reform
17. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act: Some Consequences
Robert A.F. Reisner, Lawrence G. Buc and James Pierce Myers

18. The Proper Scope of the Rules on Abuse of Dominant Position in a Liberalized Postal Services Market
Richard Eccles and Pauline Kuipers

19. Licensing Regimes in the Postal Sector: The Impact of the Recent EC Proposal for a Third Postal Directive
Joost Vantomme and Alessandra Fratini

20. Waiting for ‘Rowland Hill’ – Elements of Reform of Postal Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
José Ansón and Joëlle Toledano

Part VI: Accounting and Cost
21. Are There Economies of Scale in Mail Processing? Getting the Answers from a Large-but-Dirty Sample
Lawrence Fenster, Diane Monaco, Edward S. Pearsall and Spyros Xenakis

22. The Accounting Implications of the EU’s Third Postal Directive
John Hearn

23. Tradeoffs in Product Costing: The Statistical Impact of Cost Pool Formation Decisions
Alan Robinson, Richard Waterman and David Rawnsley

24. Data Requirements for Cost Accounting in the Mail Communication System
Leon A. Pintsov and Andrei Obrea

Index