The Swiss Postal Law of 1998

Is It Worth the Monopoly Protection?
  • Matthias Finger
  • Colette Friedli
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 31)


This chapter is written from an organizational, rather than from a regulatory perspective, more precisely from the perspective of the historically dominant operator in Switzerland, i.e., Swiss Post. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether, in the case of Swiss Post, partial monopoly protection is an appropriate means to finance universal service provision as provided by the dominant operator. We also want to examine whether the monopoly protection granted in exchange for such universal service provision is ultimately a good thing for the historically dominant operator. In other words, the question is whether the mechanism, which consists of financing universal service provision through partial monopoly protection of the historically dominant operator, is ultimately a good solution.


Pension Fund Public Enterprise Postal Service Green Book Universal Service 
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  • Matthias Finger
  • Colette Friedli

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