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Welfare and Pricing of Mail in a Communications Market

  • Cremer, Helmuth
  • De Donder, Philippe
  • Dudley, Paul
  • Rodriguez, Frank

We build a model where a postal incumbent offering single piece, transactional and advertising mail competes with postal entrants and with a firm offering an alternative medium. We solve for the optimal prices under various competition assumptions. We calibrate the model and provide numerical simulations in order to shed light on the impact of these assumptions on volumes and welfare levels.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 10-148.

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Date of creation: 02 Apr 2010
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Publication status: Published in The Review of Network Economics, vol.�10, n°3, 2011.
Handle: RePEc:tse:wpaper:22482
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  1. Armstrong Mark, 2008. "Access Pricing, Bypass and Universal Service in Post," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2), pages 1-16, June.
  2. Philippe Donder, 2006. "Access Pricing in the Postal Sector: Theory and Simulations," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 28(3), pages 307-326, 05.
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