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Reforming the postal universal service

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  • GAUTIER, Axel

    () (University of Liège, HEC Management School, Belgium & Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

  • POUDOU, Jean-Christophe

    () (LAMETA, Université de Montpellier, France)

Abstract

The postal sector has undergone dramatic changes over the recent years under the double effect of ongoing liberalization and increased competition with alternative communication channels (e-substitution). As a result, the mail volume handled by the historical operator has declined sharply while the latter’s ability to match the same standard of universal service may be under threat. Thus, a reform of the postal universal service is on the agenda. This paper examines possible reforming options ranging from keeping universal service within the postal sector to redefining universal service as spanning postal and electronic technologies.

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  • GAUTIER, Axel & POUDOU, Jean-Christophe, 2013. "Reforming the postal universal service," CORE Discussion Papers 2013024, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    1. WOLSEY, Laurence & YAMAN , Hand & ,, 2013. "Continuous knapsack sets with divisible capacities," CORE Discussion Papers 2013063, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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    Keywords

    universal service; postal market; digitalization;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L87 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Postal and Delivery Services

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