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The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World

  • Michael Crew
  • Timothy J. Brennan

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Timothy J. Brennan, Michael A. Crew
    Pages 1-17
  3. Antonia Niederprüm, Christian M. Bender, Alex Kalevi Dieke
    Pages 19-28
  4. Chris Rowsell
    Pages 29-41
  5. Jennifer Bradley, Michael D. Bradley, Jeff Colvin
    Pages 59-74
  6. Dariusz Nehrebecki, Leonardo Mautino, Gavin Knott
    Pages 75-90
  7. Christian Jaag, Jose Parra Moyano, Urs Trinkner
    Pages 103-120
  8. Philip Groves, Steven Cape
    Pages 121-136
  9. Pierre Copée, Axel Gautier, Mélanie Lefèvre
    Pages 137-152
  10. Margaret M. Cigno, John P. Klingenberg, Edward S. Pearsall
    Pages 169-189
  11. Claire Borsenberger, Helmuth Cremer, Philippe De Donder, Denis Joram
    Pages 191-211
  12. Michael D. Bradley, Laraine Balk Hope, John Pickett
    Pages 213-229
  13. Christian Jaag, Martin Maegli, Denis Morel
    Pages 231-245
  14. Heikki Nikali, Juri Mattila, Ilona Rintanen, Ville Huuhtanen
    Pages 247-260
  15. Claire Borsenberger, Denis Joram, Olaf Klargaard, Philippe Regnard
    Pages 261-270
  16. Stefano Gori, Bianca M. Martinelli, Gennaro Scarfiglieri
    Pages 271-281
  17. Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Anna Möller Boivie, Bruno Basalisco, Julia Wahl
    Pages 283-294

About this book


Worldwide, postal operators have been slow to address the threats from and opportunities created by electronic competition.  The European Commission and member states are wrestling with these issues, while at the same time continuing to deal with the interrelated issues of implementing entry into postal markets and maintaining the universal service obligation. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 in the U.S. exacerbated financial and managerial problems faced by USPS that result in part from electronic substitution for letter delivery. A major aim of this book is to examine policies to address postal operations in a digital world and ways in which postal operators might reinvent themselves to respond to threats and exploit opportunities. Potential opportunities examined include parcels, e-commerce, digital delivery, regulatory innovations and pricing. This book will be of interest to postal operators, regulatory commissions, consulting firms, competitors and customers, experts in the postal economics, law, and business, and those charged with the responsibility for designing and implementing postal sector policies. Researchers in regulatory economics, transportation technology and industrial organization will also find considerable food for thought in this volume.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Crew
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Brennan
    • 2
  1. 1.Rutgers Business School, Rutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)BaltimoreUSA

About the editors

Timothy J. Brennan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His primary teaching and research fields include Antitrust, Regulation, Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, Energy Policy and Communications Policy. Michael A. Crew holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bradford, and is Distinguished Professor and CRRI Professor of Regulatory Economics at Rutgers University. His primary research fields include Postal Service Economics, Regulatory Economics, Telecommunication Economics, Utility Deregulation and Diversification.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World
  • Editors Michael Crew
    Timothy J. Brennan
  • Series Title Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Topics in Regulatory Econ.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24452-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79630-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24454-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 345
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Industrial Organization
    Economic Policy
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