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Multi-Modal Competition and the Future of Mail

Multi-Modal Competition and the Future of Mail

Advances in Regulatory Economics series

Edited by Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

This compilation of original papers selected from the 19th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics and authored by an international cast of economists, lawyers, regulators and industry practitioners addresses perhaps the most significant problem that has ever faced the postal sector – electronic competition from information and communication technologies. This has increased significantly over the last few years with a consequent serious drop in mail volume.

Preface and acknowledgements

Edited by Michael A. Crew and Paul R. Kleindorfer

Subjects: economics and finance, competition policy, public sector economics

Extract

This book is a result of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries’ (CRRI) 19th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics which was held on June 1–4, 2011 in St. Helier, Jersey. January 1, 2011 was an important year in the history of the postal sector in that postal markets for most countries in the European Union were fully opened up to competitive entry. This major change and the increasing impact of multi-modal completion, notably, email, social networks, and Internet advertising, are raising important questions about the future of mail. The conference and this book attempt to address some of the challenges resulting. They follow earlier conferences and workshops. In 1990, the first Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics was held at Coton House, Rugby, England, July 22–25, 1990, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Penny Post and the contributions of Sir Rowland Hill. To date there have been 19 conferences, three workshops and now 18 edited volumes as part of CRRI’s program on Postal and Delivery Economics. The 2011 Conference was made possible by the support of its generous sponsors. We would like to thank sponsors not only for financial support, but also for their advice and encouragement, and for serving on the organizing committee. We would like to thank the following for their advice and comments: José Amado da Silva, Geoff Bickerton, Tim Brown, Lawrence Buc, Bernhard Bukovc, Philip Burns, Eduardo Cardadeiro, Gary Carroll, João Castro, Margaret Cigno, Julien Coulier, John Curran, Robert...