Welfare Impact of Changes in the Scope of the USO

  • George HoupisEmail author
  • José María Rodríguez
  • Christian Strobel
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy book series (TREP, volume 50)


Estimating the cost of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) is becoming increasingly important in the regulation of the postal business. At least 13 Member States have calculated or are calculating the net cost of USO (Frontier Economics 2013). Out of the six countries reporting that the net cost of the USO was an unfair burden (CZ, EE, ES, IT, LT, NO), in four of them (ES, IT, PL, NO) public funding was used to finance the net cost (WIK 2013). When funded with revenues from the industry, one can argue that postal users are paying for the costs of the USO. When funded externally, the taxpayer is foregoing the provision of other public services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Houpis
    • 1
    Email author
  • José María Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Christian Strobel
    • 1
  1. 1.Frontier EconomicsLondonUK
  2. 2.Frontier EconomicsMadridSpain

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