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Universal service financing in competitive postal markets: one size does not fit all

Gautier, Axel and Paolini, Dimitri (2011) Universal service financing in competitive postal markets: one size does not fit all. Review of Network Economics, Vol. 10 (3). eISSN 1446-9022. Article.

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DOI: 10.2202/1446-9022.1227


In the postal sector, the financial burden of the universal service depends on its content, the postal market characteristics and the country’s geographical configuration. These three groups of factors affect both the direct cost of providing the service and the extent of competition on the market. In this paper, we consider countries with different geographical characteristics and we show that the choice of an appropriate mechanism to share the burden of universal service between market participants depends on the country configuration. Thus, for universal service financing, one size does not fit all.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8070
Uncontrolled Keywords:Universal service obligations, compensation fund, market liberalization, cream-skimming
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/01 Economia politica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter
Deposited On:18 Oct 2012 12:43

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