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The Distribution of Post Offices in Italy and the United States


  • Cohen Robert

    () (George Mason University)

  • Di Paola Luigi

    (Department of Strategic Planning, Poste Italiane)

  • Sheehy Renee

    (U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General)

  • Comandini Vincenzo Visco

    (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)


This paper illustrates the differences in the ordinary commercial distribution of retail outlets and the politically inspired distribution of post offices in Italy and the United States. It compares the distribution of bank branches to the distribution of post offices in Italy and the distribution of retail pharmacies to the distribution of post offices in the U.S. It provides the historical reasons for the disproportionate number of rural post offices in both countries. It also comments on the burden of financing retail postal counters in a competitive environment and on some ways to approach the issue.

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  • Cohen Robert & Di Paola Luigi & Sheehy Renee & Comandini Vincenzo Visco, 2008. "The Distribution of Post Offices in Italy and the United States," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2), pages 1-12, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:7:y:2008:i:2:n:9

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    Cited by:

    1. Claire Borsenberger, 2014. "Accessibility/proximity in the digital age: what does it mean for postal networks and postal services?," Chapters,in: The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age, chapter 20, pages 267-279 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Vincenzo Visco Comandini, 2007. "Servizi postali," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 97(4), pages 257-314, July-Augu.

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