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Social costs and benefits of the universal service obligation in the postal market

  • Boldron, François
  • Cremer, Helmuth
  • De Donder, Philippe
  • Joram, Denis
  • Roy, Bernard

orldwide, postal and delivery economics has attracted considerable interest. Numerous questions have arisen, including the role of regulation, funding the Universal Service Obligation, postal reform in Europe, Asia and North America, the future of national postal operators, demand and pricing strategies, and the principles that should govern the introduction of competition. Collected here are responses to these questions in the form of 24 essays written by researchers, practitioners, and senior managers from throughout the world.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 456.

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Date of creation: May 2007
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Publication status: Published in dans Competition and Regulation in the Postal and Delivery Sector, sous la direction de Michael A. Crew et Paul R. Kleindorfer, chapitre 2, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008, p.�23-35.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:7190
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  1. Crew, Michael A & Kleindorfer, Paul R, 1998. "Efficient Entry, Monopoly, and the Universal Service Obligation in Postal Service," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 103-25, September.
  2. Tobin, James, 1970. "On Limiting the Domain of Inequality," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 13(2), pages 263-77, October.
  3. H. Cremer & F. Gasmi & A. Grimaud & J. J. Laffont, 2001. "Universal Service: An economic perspective," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 72(1), pages 5-43, 03.
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