Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy

Postal and Delivery Services

Pricing, Productivity, Regulation and Strategy

Editors: Crew, Michael A., Kleindorfer, Paul R. (Eds.)

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When Postmaster General Creswell penned his concern about the impact 2 of electronic diversion on his postal organization, the year was 1872. General Creswell, it turned out, fretted unnecessarily. Facsimile did not achieve commercial viability until roughly a century after his tenure as Postmaster General and today that technology is fading rapidly from the communication scene. Moreover, it never appears to have significantly affected physical letter volumes. However, if General Creswell were leading a major postal organization today, he likely would feel threatened by the potential of Internet communication to cause electronic diversion of physical mail. Should recent technology developments cause the oft-predicted (but so far incorrect) inflection point that would mark the beginning of declining mail volumes. the implications from a management standpoint will be profound. The relatively fixed nature of postal costs suggest that volume declines must be offset though improved productivity, reduced cost of inputs, revenue from new products that share common costs, or reduced level of universal service.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Putty-Putty, Putty-Clay or Humpty-Dumpty?

    Crew, Michael A. (et al.)

    Pages 3-29

  • Funding the Universal Service Obligation under Liberalisation

    Donder, Philippe (et al.)

    Pages 31-52

  • Assessing Liberalization in Context

    Bradley, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 53-73

  • Sustainability of USO in a Liberalized Postal Market

    Lundgren, Anna

    Pages 75-86

  • A Comparison of the Burden of Universal Service in Italy and the United States

    Cohen, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 87-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postal and Delivery Services
Book Subtitle
Pricing, Productivity, Regulation and Strategy
Editors
  • Michael A. Crew
  • Paul R. Kleindorfer
Series Title
Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-0253-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-0253-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7638-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-7962-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 387
Topics