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Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy

The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World

Editors: Crew, Michael A., Brennan, Timothy J. (Eds.)

  • Addresses major current problems in postal and delivery sector worldwide
  • Provides insight into the future of mail and packet delivery
  • Analyzes and advances new directions for public policy shift in postal delivery​
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Worldwide, postal operators have been slow to address the threats from and opportunities created by electronic competition.  The European Commission and member states are wrestling with these issues, while at the same time continuing to deal with the interrelated issues of implementing entry into postal markets and maintaining the universal service obligation. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. exacerbated financial and managerial problems faced by USPS that result in part from electronic substitution for letter delivery. A major aim of this book is to examine policies to address postal operations in a digital world and ways in which postal operators might reinvent themselves to respond to threats and exploit opportunities. Potential opportunities examined include parcels, e-commerce, digital delivery, regulatory innovations and pricing. This book will be of interest to postal operators, regulatory commissions, consulting firms, competitors and customers, experts in the postal economics, law, and business, and those charged with the responsibility for designing and implementing postal sector policies. Researchers in regulatory economics, transportation technology and industrial organization will also find considerable food for thought in this volume.

About the authors

Timothy J. Brennan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His primary teaching and research fields include Antitrust, Regulation, Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, Energy Policy and Communications Policy. Michael A. Crew holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bradford, and is Distinguished Professor and CRRI Professor of Regulatory Economics at Rutgers University. His primary research fields include Postal Service Economics, Regulatory Economics, Telecommunication Economics, Utility Deregulation and Diversification.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Price Cap Regulation and Declining Demand

    Brennan, Timothy J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Scale Economies and Postal Price Caps in Europe: Declining Volumes, Lower Productivity, Higher Postage?

    Niederprüm, Antonia (et al.)

    Pages 19-28

  • Origins of “Universal Service”

    Rowsell, Chris

    Pages 29-41

  • Implications of Recent Developments in e-Commerce for Universal Service Providers and the USO

    Hearn, John

    Pages 43-58

  • Which Universal Service Obligation Attributes Do Americans Value?

    Bradley, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 59-74

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-24454-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24452-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World
Editors
  • Michael A. Crew
  • Timothy J. Brennan
Series Title
Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24454-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24454-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24452-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 345
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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