Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Postal Reform

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Abstract

This essay examines the published views of vital economists regarding postal reform. I define a vital economist as one who has produced scholarly research on this issue, and who has expressed an opinion about the direction reform should take. The ten vital economists surveyed here express surprisingly similar opinions on the proper direction for postal reform. The vast majority advocate some combination of privatization and elimination or relaxation of the delivery monopoly. Those opinions are in stark contrast to the published views of economists who have not carefully examined this issue.

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Volume (Issue)
Pages
61-81
Published
JEL classification
L87, L88, H42
Keywords
postal reform, monopoly, privatization, universal service, liberalization, property rights
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