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Access Pricing, Bypass and Universal Service in Post

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  • Armstrong Mark

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    (University College London)

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A postal regulator typically faces two issues which make the design of efficient access pricing especially difficult and which complicate the process of liberalizing the industry. First, universal service obligations, together with the presence of fixed costs, require retail prices to depart from the underlying marginal costs of the incumbent provider. Second, competing firms may be able to bypass the incumbent's delivery network. Within a simple and stylized framework, this note analyzes how access charges should best be set in the light of these twin constraints.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Network Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 1-16

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:7:y:2008:i:2:n:1

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  1. De Donder, Philippe, 2006. "Access Pricing in the Postal Sector," IDEI Working Papers 319, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
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  1. Jaag Christian, 2013. "Price Regulation and the Financing of Universal Services in Network Industries," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 9(1), pages 125-150, September.
  2. Cremer, Helmuth & De Donder, Philippe & Dudley, Paul & Rodriguez, Frank, 2010. "Welfare and Pricing of Mail in a Communications Market," IDEI Working Papers 601, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
  3. Markus Lang & Marc Laperrouza & Matthias Finger, 2013. "Competition Effects in a Liberalized Railway Market," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 375-398, September.
  4. Cremer, Helmuth & De Donder, Philippe & Dudley, Paul & Rodriguez, Frank, 2006. "Price Controls in the Postal Sector: A Welfare Analysis of Alternative Control Structures," IDEI Working Papers 407, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.
  5. Valentiny, Pál & Kiss, Károly Miklós, 2009. "A nélkülözhetetlen eszközök értelmezése és a postai szolgáltatások
    [The interpretation of essential facilities and the postal services]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(11), pages 1001-1024.

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