Postal Markets and Electronic Substitution: Implications for Regulatory Practices and Institutions in Europe
AbstractThere is an increasing convergence between postal products and telecom applications which suggests the need for a co-evolution of regulation. But there is hardly any discussion in academia or in practice about the consequences for regulation. Relevant questions are: Which parts of current regulation will become redundant? Is there additional regulation needed due to new bottlenecks or changes in consumer behavior? In our qualitative analysis, we investigate the implications of intermodal competition and growing convergence between postal and telecommunications services on regulatory institutions and regimes. We set up a comparison between the networks and compare the scope of universal services and issues concerning market power regulation in the two different industries.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Swiss Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0023.
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: Published in Reinventing the postal sector in an electronic age, edited by Crew, M A; Kleindorfer, P R., Cheltenham, UK, 109-122.
Convergence; Regulation; Post; Telecommunication; Universal service obligation; Access;
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- Christian Jaag & Helmut Dietl, 2011. "Postal and Regulatory Reform in Intermodal Competition," Working Papers 0031, Swiss Economics.
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