Postal Rate-Making Procedures and Outcomes in Various Countries

  • Robert Albon
  • John Haldi
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 8)

Abstract

In all major countries, postal services are government-owned and, at least on standard mail, have statutory monopoly power. Courier and parcel operations are usually competitive. Administrative procedures for determining rates vary across countries with some (e.g., the United Kingdom) apparently leaving it mainly to the postal service; while others (e.g., the United States) have a formal rate-making body. Outcomes in all cases appear to reflect political influences and often cannot be given a rationale on the basis of public utility pricing principles.

Keywords

Price Differential Uniform Price Postal Service Cost Differential Deadweight Loss 
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  • Robert Albon
  • John Haldi

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