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Liberalization of the Swiss Letter Market and the Viability of Universal Service Obligations

  • Christian Jaag

We discuss the ongoing liberalization process in the market for addressed letter mail in Switzerland. The paper assesses the impact of the liberalization on the financial viability of various universal service obligations with and without access to the incumbent's downstream delivery network for customers and competitors. We propose a calibrated model of the Swiss letter market offering theoretical insights into the mechanics ofmarket opening alongwith quantitative conclusions bearing direct policy relevance. It turns out that full market opening would require a sharply reduced uso with respect to the frequency and the coverage of delivery or a sharp price increase.

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Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 143 (2007)
Issue (Month): III (September)
Pages: 261-282

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Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2007-iii-2
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  1. Beat Friedli & Christian Jaag & Daniel Kraehenbuehl & Ole Bach Nielsen & Søren-Michael Pihl & Urs Trinkner, 2006. "Consumer preferences and last mile pricing in the postal sector," Working Papers 0004, Swiss Economics, revised Jul 2006.
  2. Christian Jaag & Urs Trinkner, 2008. "Pricing in Competitive Two-Sided Mail Markets," Chapters, in: Competition and Regulation in the Postal and Delivery Sector, chapter 10 Edward Elgar.
  3. Barros, Pedro Luis Pita & Hoernig, Steffen & Valletti, Tommaso, 2001. "Universal Service and Entry: the Role of Uniform Pricing and Coverage Constraints," CEPR Discussion Papers 2789, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Helmut M. Dietl & Urs Trinkner & Reto Bleisch, 2004. "Liberalization and Regulation of the Swiss Letter Market," Working Papers 0001, Swiss Economics, revised Jul 2005.
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