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Assessing the Cost of the Portuguese Postal Network

In: Progress toward Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector

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  • Ricardo Goulão Santos

    (CTT Correios de Portugal S.A.)

  • Alberto Pimenta

    (CTT Correios de Portugal S.A.)

  • Sofia Beatriz Henriques

    (CTT Correios de Portugal S.A.)

Abstract

In an increasingly competitive postal market, the issue of how to maintain a universal service of postal services is beginning to beg several questions. How can the profitability of the service providers be assured? How can the users be better served? What should the price/quality of service framework be? At what cost? Is it cost effective to deliver everywhere, at present price conditions? Subsequently, issues such as the cost of the Universal Service Obligation (USO), cross-subsidization, uniform pricing of a non-uniformly costing service, downstream access and the effects of entry are becoming increasingly important.

Suggested Citation

  • Ricardo Goulão Santos & Alberto Pimenta & Sofia Beatriz Henriques, 2006. "Assessing the Cost of the Portuguese Postal Network," Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy, in: Michael A. Crew & Paul R. Kleindorfer (ed.), Progress toward Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector, chapter 0, pages 103-120, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:topchp:978-0-387-29744-6_7
    DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-29744-6_7
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