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The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age

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 Timothy J. Brennan, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, US
This volume, the result of the 21st Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics (Ireland, 2013), describes the continuing problem of the decline of the postal sector in the face of electronic competition and offers strategies for the survival of mail services in a digital age.
Extent: 360 pp
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78254 633 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Public Sector Economics
This volume, the result of the 21st Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics (Ireland, 2013), describes the continuing problem of the decline of the postal sector in the face of electronic competition and offers strategies for the survival of mail services in a digital age.

The 25 original papers in this collection provide econometric analyses on the changing demand and elasticity of mail in the modern era. Proposed solutions to declining interest in the postal sector include closer links between mail services and the digital sphere, expansion of the parcel sector, changes to the universal service obligation, legal reform and regulatory change.

Professors and students of regulatory economics will have an interest in this book, as will managers and other decision-makers working within the postal sector.
‘A seminal body of impressive scholarship, The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful, and thought-provoking, making it very highly recommended reading for governmental policy makers, and a critically important addition to academic library reference collections.’
– Midwest Book Review
Contributors: D. Bailly, L. Balk Hope, C. Borsenberger, A.T. Bozzo, M.D. Bradley, T.J. Brennan, K.L. Capogrossi, I. Carslake, M.M. Cigno, K.K. Clendenin, J. Colvin, H. Cremer, M.A. Crew, P. De Donder, B.K. Eakin, R. Eccles, K. Elkelä, A. Fratini, F. Fustier, R.R. Geddes, D. Geradin, B. Gough, Å. Gustafsson, A. Haller, J. Hearn, H. Hennessy, A. Hildingsson, A.C. Houck, G. Houpis, C. Jaag, L. Janin, D. Joram, S. Lécou, J. Levin, C. Malamataris, B. Marsh, M. Meidinger, M. Moloney, H. Nikali, C.J. Paterson, E.S. Pearsall, M.K. Perkins, J. Pickett, R. Sahly, S. Selander, C. Sheedy, M. Srinivasan, V.I. Stanford, C. Strobel, G. Swinand, U. Trinkner, T. Uotila, J. Vantomme, T. Walsh
Contents:

1. Gross Substitutes vs. Marginal Substitutes: Implications for Market Definition in the Postal Sector
Timothy J. Brennan and Michael A. Crew

2. A Business Model for USPS
Michael A. Crew and R. Richard Geddes

3. Is Demand for Market Dominant Products of the United States Postal Service Becoming More Own Price Elastic?
A. Thomas Bozzo, Kristen L. Capogrossi, B. Kelly Eakin, John Pickett and Mithuna Srinivasan

4. Are U.S. Postal Price Elasticities Changing?
Margaret M. Cigno, Katalin K. Clendenin and Edward S. Pearsall

5. Estimating Postal Demand Elasticities using the PCAIDS Method
Gregory Swinand and Hugh Hennessy

6. Pricing of Delivery Services in the E-Commerce Sector
Claire Borsenberger, Helmuth Cremer, Philippe De Donder, Denis Joram and Sébastien Lécou

7. The Regulatory Treatment of End-to-End Competition in the UK Postal Sector
Richard Eccles

8. The Proposed Directive on the Award of Concession Contracts: Implications for USO Entrustment and Compensation
Alessandra Fratini

9. Application of EU Competition Law in the Postal Sector: Overview of Recent Cases
Damien Geradin and Christos Malamataris

10. Re-regulation for Parcel Delivery in the E-Commerce Context?
Joost Vantomme

11. Delivering the Goods to Households: Would Further Regulation Help or Hinder?
John Hearn

12. The ‘National Champion’ Approach to Postal Operators: The Case of the Netherlands
Benjamin Gough

13. On Alternative USO Financing Mechanisms for the U.S. Postal Market
Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin, Mary K. Perkins

14. The Net Cost of the USO under the Profitability Cost Approach: Implications of Labor Market Conditions for the Net Cost Calculation
Isabelle Carslake, George Houpis and Christian Strobel

15. Regulation and the Burden of the Net Cost Resulting from Universal Service Obligations
Christian Jaag, Urs Trinkner and Topias Uotila

16. Net Cost Calculation: A Practical Example Concerning la Poste and its Territorial Presence Obligation
Frédéric Fustier, Lionel Janin and Racha Sahly

17. Calculating the Net Cost of Home Delivery
Andreas Haller, Christian Jaag and Urs Trinkner

18. Peer-to-Peer Digital Commerce: Implications and Opportunities for the U.S. Postal Service and Other Posts
Laraine Balk Hope, Virgil Ian Stanford and Bruce Marsh

19. Leveraging the Postal Infrastructure for the Authentication of Individuals Towards an Online Government Service Provision
Caroline Sheedy and Maria Moloney

20. Accessibility/Proximity in the Digital Age: What Does it Mean for Postal Networks and Postal Services?
Claire Borsenberger

21. Digitalization of Consumer Invoices. A Comparative Study
Kari Elkelä,, Heikki Nikali and Chris J. Paterson

22. Eat or Be Eaten: The Implications of Strategic Cannibalization and Transformation for the United States Postal Service
Adam C. Houck

23. Finding the Conditions for a Successful Social Redeployment Combined with Diversification of Activities
Dominique Bailly and Margaux Meidinger

24. Transparency and Non-Discrimination in Postal Pricing
Joakim Levin, Åsa Gustafsson, Anders Hildingsson and Sten Selander

25. The Costs, Functions and Pricing of Postal Payment Channels
Tim Walsh