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Postal Reform

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  • Rick Geddes

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This essay examines the published views of vital economists regarding postal reform. I define a vital economist as one who has produced scholarly research on this issue, and who has expressed an opinion about the direction reform should take. The ten vital economists surveyed here express surprisingly similar opinions on the proper direction for postal reform. The vast majority advocate some combination of privatization and elimination or relaxation of the delivery monopoly. Those opinions are in stark contrast to the published views of economists who have not carefully examined this issue.

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  • Rick Geddes, 2004. "Postal Reform," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 1(1), pages 61-81, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:1:y:2004:i:1:p:61-81
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    1. repec:aei:rpbook:53134 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Priest, George L, 1975. "The History of the Postal Monopoly in the United States," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 18(1), pages 33-80, April.
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    Keywords

    postal reform; monopoly; privatization; universal service; liberalization; property rights;

    JEL classification:

    • L87 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Postal and Delivery Services
    • L88 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Government Policy
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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