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Maximizing Gains from Postal Service Market Liberalization


  • Sven Heitzler


The upcoming full liberalization of postal service markets under the European regulatory framework offers the chance to further increase regulatory efficiency. Obstacles to competition and barriers to market entry should be systematically removed, and existing obligations for all companies reduced as much as possible. In this connection, universal service obligations should be modernized and flexibly designed. Competitively neutral financing for universal service burdens should also be put in place. Moreover, national or company-specific protectionism should be avoided to boost fair competition and the long-term development of the market.

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  • Sven Heitzler, 2009. "Maximizing Gains from Postal Service Market Liberalization," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 5(26), pages 182-186.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr5-26

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    Postal market liberalization; Postal regulation; Barriers to competition; Level playing field;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection


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