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Current Directions in Postal Reform brings together leading practitioners, worldwide postal administrations, and the courier industry as well as a number of regulators, academic economists, mailers and lawyers, to examine some of the major policy and regulatory issues facing the postal and delivery industry. Issues addressed include international postal policy; the universal service obligation; regulation; competition, entry, and the role of scale and scope economies; the nature and role of cost analysis in the postal service; productivity; interaction of law and economics; and service standards.
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Preface and Acknowledgements. Universal Service Obligation. 1. Liberalization and the Universal Service Obligation in Postal Service; M.A. Crew, P.R. Kleindorfer. 2. Measuring the Cost of Universal Service for Posts; M.D. Bradley, J. Colvin. 3. The Cost of Universal Service in the Postal Sector; H. Cremer, et al. 4. Universal Service without a Monopoly; R.H. Cohen, et al. 5. Worksharing, Residential Delivery, and the Future of the USO; M. Kolin. 6. Liberalization of the Postal Market and the Cost of the Universal Service Obligation: Some Estimates for the UK; R. Robinson, F. Rodriguez. 7. In France, Mail Goes Where the Money and Businesses Are; F.L. Berthelemy and Joelle Toledano. Cost Analysis. 8. Cost Estimation and Economically Efficient Prices; M.A. Crew, P.R. Kleindorfer. 9. Simulation Modeling for Cost Estimation; R. Waterman, et al. 10. Postal ABC: What are the Reasonable Expectations? S. Awerbuch, A. Preston. Empirical Studies. 11. The Demand for Targeted Communication in Different Customer Groups; H. Nikali. 12. Technical Efficiency in CTT-Correios de Portugal; A.A. Pimenta, et al. Market Power Issues. 13. Antitrust versus Regulation Issues in the Postal Sector: Lessons from the Italian Hybrid Mail Case; V.V. Comandini. 14. Defining Postal Markets: an Antitrust Perspective; M. Plum, C. Schwarz-Schilling. 15. An Introduction to EC Competition Rules in the Postal Sector; T. Reeves. 16. LiberalizingEuropean Postal Markets: The Advantages Of Reducing The Weight/Price Threshold; I. Reay. 17. Hiding in Plaint Sight: The Quiet Liberalization of the United States Postal System; M.S. Elcano, et al. 18. Access Pricing in the Postal Sector: Complexities and Practicalities of the United States Experience; J.T. Pickett, et al. Transactions Costs and Contracting. 19. Economic Effects of an Information-Rich Mailing System Including Work Sharing; T. Biasi, et al. 20. Controlling Postal Retail Transaction Costs and Improving Customer Access to Postal Products; J. Haldi, J.T. Schmidt. 21. Long-term Business Relationships between Consignor and Trucking Carrier in Japan; N. Kasuga, A. Torii. Strategic Issues. 22. Strategy And The Posts: the Case of the USPS; R.A.F. Reisner. 23. The Current and Fugure Use of Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and Strategic Alliances in the European Postal Industry; P.A. Halberg, K.M. Hansen. 24. Globalization, Posts, and the Universal Postal Union: a Functional Critique; T. Walsh.

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