Competition in Postal Service

  • Roger Sherman
  • Michael R. Frierman
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 8)


The largest public enterprise in the United States is the United States Postal Service (USPS), which claims to handle over 40% of the world’s mail. Revenues of USPS in fiscal 1989 totaled almost $40 billion, and the workforce numbered about 800,000. In its original department-of-government form, postal service allowed political representatives to satisfy their constituents so thoroughly as to confirm the prediction by Thomas Jefferson quoted above. Postal service has passed through remarkable changes since then, moving from reliance on equestrian skills to the use of high-tech optical sorting and from a department of government to a public enterprise form of organization. But further dramatic changes are now in prospect, and, for speeding the delivery of important messages, the daring of the pony express rider from the 1800s may be giving way to the cleverness of electronics engineers as we approach the twenty-first century.


Private Supplier Uniform Rate Uniform Price Postal Service Monopoly Power 
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  • Michael R. Frierman

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