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Liberalization of 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
Recent and forthcoming changes in the regulation of postal and delivery services throughout the world will have a major impact on this important sector. The contributors to this timely book, a combination of academics and industry insiders, address the trends toward privatization and competition and illuminate the evolving economics of the sector.
Extent: 424 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 030 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
Worldwide, postal and delivery economics has attracted considerable interest as the delivery sector undergoes rapid change and the debate on liberalization rages. This compendium of original essays has been selected from papers presented at the Rutgers University CRRI 14th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, May 31–June 3 2006. It explores the important new trends and issues in this rapidly changing field.

The European Union’s plan to open postal markets completely in 2009 has raised questions about t he role of regulation, funding for the Universal Service Obligation, the future of national Postal Operators and the principles that should govern the introduction of competition. The contributors – researchers, practitioners, lawyers and senior managers from around the world – address these questions in chapters that cover postal markets, pricing, efficiency and cost analysis, labor relations, and demand drivers. Examples are drawn from around the world.

This timely book will be illuminating to practitioners and managers in the postal, express and delivery industry, as well as economists, regulators, competition lawyers, and marketers.
Contributors: X. Ambrosini, J. Ansón, T. Biasi, G. Bickerton, E. Billette de Villemeur, F. Boldron, C. Bosch, M.D. Bradley, S. Bukhari, J.I. Campbell Jr., J. Colvin, H. Cremer, M.A. Crew, R. Cuadra, J. Cubbin, R.J. Curry, P. De Donder, S. Deering, W.J. Dowling, P. Dudley, M. Farsi, L. Fenster, F. Fève, M. Filippini, F. Filpo, J.-P. Florens, A. Fratini, B. Friedli, A. Gautier, G. Harman, A. Horncastle, C. Jaag, D. Jevons, L. Jimenez, D. Joram, O. Klargaard, P.R. Kleindorfer, P. Koppe, D. Krähenbühl, A. Linhares, L. Martin, J. McNeish, M. Meschi, D. Monaco, R. Moriarty, O.B. Nielsen, A. Obrea, A.M. Otis, A. Owsiany, J.C. Panzar, E.S. Pearsall, M.K. Perkins, S.-M. Pihl, L.A. Pintsov, R.A.F. Reisner, S. Richard, C. Robinson, F. Rodriguez, G. Ronderos, B. Roy, P. Smith, D.E. Stoker, C. Szeto, E. Thanassoulis, J. Toledano, U. Trinkner, J.L. Webster, B. Worth, S. Xenakis, S. Yorke
Contents:

Preface

Foreword: Information Revolutions and Modern Postal Service
James I. Campbell Jr.

1. Approaches to the USO under Entry
Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

2. Partitioning the Mailstream: Analysis of an Innovative Approach to USO
Leon A. Pintsov, Andrei Obrea and Theresa Biasi

3. From the Size of the Box to the Costs of Universal Service Obligation: A Cross-Country Comparison
François Boldron, Denis Joram, Lise Martin and Bernard Roy

4. A Welfare Analysis of Price Controls with End-to-End Mail and Access Services
Philippe De Donder, Helmuth Cremer, Paul Dudley and Frank Rodriguez

5. Dynamics of Downstream Entry in Postal Markets
Axel Gautier

6. Economies of Scale, Density and Scope in Swiss Post’s Mail Delivery
Mehdi Farsi, Massimo Filippini and Urs Trinkner

7. Measuring Scale and Scope Economies with a Structural Model of Postal Delivery
Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin and Mary K. Perkins

8. Efficient Worksharing Discounts with Mail Heterogeneity
John C. Panzar

9. Nonlinear Pricing and Worksharing in the Postal Market
Etienne Billette de Villemeur, Helmuth Cremer, François Boldron
and Bernard Roy

10. Efficiency Analysis of Delivery Offices in the Postal Sector Using Stochastic Frontier and Data Envelopment Analyses
Alan Horncastle, David Jevons, Paul Dudley and Emmanuel Thanassoulis

11. Economic Analysis of the Efficiency of Royal Mail Units and the Implications for Regulatory Policy
Richard Moriarty, Sophie Yorke, Greg Harman, John Cubbin,
Meloria Meschi and Paul Smith

12. From Theory to Practice: Vertical Relations in the French Postal Market
Xavier Ambrosini and Olaf Klargaard

13. Postal Deregulation and Its Impact on Postal Workers: A Canadian Union Perspective
Geoff Bickerton

14. First Steps towards New Postal Economics Models for Developing Countries: Learning from the Latin American Experience
José Ansón, Rudy Cuadra, Altamir Linhares, Guillermo Ronderos
and Joëlle Toledano

15. The Postal Technology Market and Effects on Purchasing Strategy
William J. Dowling, Robert J. Curry, Robert A.F. Reisner and
Bill Worth

16. Economics of the US Postal Service Alternate Access Retail Channels
Janet L. Webster, Dennis E. Stoker, Saadia Bukhari, Stephen Deering
and Andrea M. Otis

17. USO Public Financing at the Crossroad between the ‘Monti Package’ and the Forthcoming Reform of the Postal Directive
Alessandra Fratini and Fabio Filpo

18. Scenarios of Mail Receipt Patterns Across Generations
Luis Jimenez, Anna Owsiany, and Chrystal Szeto

19. Microanalyses of Mail Demand Drivers for Large Business Customers
Peter Koppe and Christian Bosch

20. Measuring the Impact of Direct Mail on the Brand
Joanne McNeish

21. Consumer Preferences and Last Mile Pricing in the Postal Sector
Beat Friedli, Christian Jaag, Daniel Krähenbühl, Ole Bach Nielsen,
Søren-Michael Pihl and Urs Trinkner

22. Microeconomic Demand Modelling for Price Elasticities
Frédérique Fève, Jean-Pierre Florens and Sophie Richard

23. US Postal Services as Composite Goods with Hedonic Properties
Lawrence Fenster, Diane Monaco, Edward S. Pearsall, Charles Robinson and Spyros Xenakis

Index