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Can the Postal Market Afford Affordability? How to Assess It?

In: The Changing Postal Environment


  • Henrik Ballebye Okholm

    (Copenhagen Economics)

  • Bruno Basalisco

    (Copenhagen Economics)

  • Julia Wahl

    (Copenhagen Economics)

  • Gerdis Marquardt

    (Copenhagen Economics)

  • Martina Facino

    (Copenhagen Economics)


In this paper, we aim to fill the gap in the literature on letter affordability by examining the methods used by European postal regulators to assess affordability and by discussing the economics of affordability in a context of declining letter volumes. We test the hypothesis that the affordability of letters is a shrinking problem and initiate a discussion on whether affordability is a growing concern for parcel mail.

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  • Henrik Ballebye Okholm & Bruno Basalisco & Julia Wahl & Gerdis Marquardt & Martina Facino, 2020. "Can the Postal Market Afford Affordability? How to Assess It?," Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy, in: Pier Luigi Parcu & Timothy J. Brennan & Victor Glass (ed.), The Changing Postal Environment, pages 293-308, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:topchp:978-3-030-34532-7_22
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34532-7_22

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