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Reforming the postal universal service

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  • GAUTIER, Axel

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    (University of Liège, HEC Management School, Belgium & Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

  • POUDOU, Jean-Christophe

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    (LAMETA, Université de Montpellier, France)

Abstract

The postal sector has undergone dramatic changes over the recent years under the double effect of ongoing liberalization and increased competition with alternative communication channels (e-substitution). As a result, the mail volume handled by the historical operator has declined sharply while the latter’s ability to match the same standard of universal service may be under threat. Thus, a reform of the postal universal service is on the agenda. This paper examines possible reforming options ranging from keeping universal service within the postal sector to redefining universal service as spanning postal and electronic technologies.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2013024.

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Date of creation: 22 May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2013024

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Keywords: universal service; postal market; digitalization;

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  1. WOLSEY, Laurence & YAMAN , Hand & ,, 2013. "Continuous knapsack sets with divisible capacities," CORE Discussion Papers 2013063, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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