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Reforming the Postal Sector in the Face of Electronic Competition

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
In our increasingly technology-focused world, demand for traditional postal services is steadily shrinking. This timely volume examines the many challenges that the worldwide postal sector is facing as a result of growing electronic competition, and offers expert recommendations for reshaping postal structures to strengthen their competitiveness in an electronic age.
Extent: 420 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 0 85793 579 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
In our increasingly technology-focused world, demand for traditional postal services is steadily shrinking. This timely volume examines the many challenges that the worldwide postal sector is facing as a result of growing electronic competition, and offers expert recommendations for reshaping postal structures to strengthen their competitiveness in an electronic age.

Drawn from a selection of papers presented at the 20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics in Brighton, UK, this book showcases expert contributions on the rapidly changing postal sectors in both the United States and Europe. Topics discussed include the various financial challenges posed by decreasing demand for postal services, recent changes in how postal services are provided, and new structures and modes of operation, such as privatization, that are currently affecting the industry. Contributors offer a thorough breakdown of the issues as well as ideas for keeping the postal sector alive in a world that is growing ever more reliant on purely electronic means of communication.

Economists with an interest in regulatory economics, innovation and public sector economics will find this volume useful and informative, as will institutional libraries and industry professionals.
‘Professors Crew and Kleindorfer have once again assembled a valuable collection of essays that address timely and important issues in postal sectors throughout the world. The essays employ diverse methodologies to provide useful insights about recent and likely future developments in the postal industry. This book will be a valuable resource for researchers, industry practitioners, and policymakers alike.’
– David E.M. Sappington, University of Florida, US
Contributors: J. Ansón, D. Bailly, C. Borsenberger, M.D. Bradley, S. Bréville, P. Burge, L.Y. Bzhilyanskaya, J.I. Campbell Jr, M.M. Cigno, J. Colvin, H. Cremer, M.A. Crew, M. Cuomo, P. De Donder, A. Dehais, P. Dudley, R. Eccles, K. Elkelä, A. Fratini, S. Gori, A. Haller, F. Heagney, M. Helble, A.C. Houck, C. Jaag, M. Jarosik, D. Joram, C.W. Kim, P.R. Kleindorfer, J.P. Klingenberg, A. Lawrence, S. Lécou, Q. Li, M. Maegli, V.L. Martin, L. Mautino, M. Meidinger, A. Möller, J. Nankervis, T. Nardone, N.B. Nieto, H. Nikali, H.B. Okholm, E.S. Patel, C.J. Paterson, E.S. Pearsall, M.K. Perkins, M.R. Pierleoni, J. Pope, D. Potoglou, J. Prettyman, M.J. Ravnitzky, F. Rodriguez, C. Rohr, A. Rovero, G. Scarfiglieri, R. Sheldon, S. Soteri, J. Toledano, U. Trinkner, L. Veruete-Mckay, T. Walsh
Contents:

Preface

1. Privatization of Postal Operators: Old Arguments and New Realities
Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

2. The UK Postal Services Act 2011
Richard Eccles

3. A Gravity Model of International Postal Exchanges
José Ansón and Matthias Helble

4. Price Comparisons in the Parcel Industry: A New Approach Based on the Hedonic Price Theory
Claire Borsenberger, Sébastien Bréville and Aurélie Dehais

5. A New Governance Model for US Postal Services
James I. Campbell Jr

6. Estimates of US Postal Price Elasticities of Demand Derived from a Random-Coefficients Discrete-Choice Normal Model
Margaret M. Cigno, Elena S. Patel and Edward S. Pearsall

7. Segmentation and Nonlinear Pricing in the Postal Sector
Claire Borsenberger, Helmuth Cremer, Philippe De Donder, Denis Joram and Sébastien Lécou

8. The Proposed Reform of EU Rules on Public Procurement: A Postal Sector Perspective
Alessandra Fratini

9. Optimization of the United States Postal Retail Network by Applying GIS and Econometric Tools
J.P. Klingenberg, Lyudmila Y. Bzhilyanskaya and Michael J. Ravnitzky

10. Estimating Long-run Incremental Costs in the Postal Sector: A UK Perspective
Leonardo Mautino, Paul Dudley, James Prettyman and Fenella Heagney

11. Vulnerable Users in Times of Declining Demand: The Case of Basic Bank Services in Norway and Sweden
Henrik B. Okholm and Anna Möller

12. Dynamic Letter Volume Models: How Does an Economic Downturn Affect Substitution Propensities?
Vance L. Martin, Chris J. Paterson, Heikki Nikali and Qiubang Li

13. Electronic Substitution and USO Scope Definition
Marcello Cuomo, Tommaso Nardone, Alberto Rovero and Gennaro Scarfiglieri

14. Letter Traffic Demand in the UK: Some New Evidence and Review of Econometric Analysis Over the Past Decade
Marzena Jarosik, John Nankervis, Jonathan Pope, Soterios Soteri and Leticia Veruete-McKay

15. Status of the Postal Service Twenty Years After the Green Paper: A Franco–European Perspective
Joëlle Toledano

16. Electronic Substitution and Postal Price Elasticities: A Customer Market Approach
Leticia Veruete-McKay, Robert Sheldon, Peter Burge and Alison Lawrence

17. Measuring Consumer Preferences for Postal Services
Charlene Rohr, Urs Trinkner, Alison Lawrence, Chong Woo Kim, Dimitris Potoglou and Robert Sheldon

18. Efficiency Analysis Postal Operators: Comparison between the United States and Europe
Maria Rita Pierleoni and Stefano Gori

19. Termination Charges in the International Parcel Market
Andreas Haller, Christian Jaag and Urs Trinkner

20. Competition and the Social Cost of Regulation in the Postal Sector
Martin Maegli and Christian Jaag

21. Measuring the Environmental Benefit of Reducing the United States Postal Service’s Operations
Norma B. Nieto and Adam C. Houck

22. Economic Regulation and the UK Postal Sector, 2000–2011
Tim Walsh

23. What’s Past is Prologue: Understanding Developments in North American Postal Markets
Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin and Mary K. Perkins

24. Human Capital and Diversification Choices for Postal Operators
Dominique Bailly and Margaux Meidinger

25. Welfare and Pricing with Single-piece and Bulk Mail Access Competition in the Postal Sector
Philippe De Donder, Helmuth Cremer, Paul Dudley and Frank Rodriguez

26. The Postal Economy in the UK and Rutgers CRRI Conferences since 1990: A Review of Developments and Economic Themes
Frank Rodriguez

27. Social Media Challenges the Entire Postal Industry
Kari Elkelä and Heikki Nikali