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The Postal and Delivery Contribution in Hard Times

  • Offers a wide understanding of the most recent evolution of the postal and delivery sectors

  • Provides an international overview of dynamics within each sector

  • Includes contributions from scholars and practitioners

Part of the book series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy (TREP)

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About this book

This book includes original essays by prominent researchers and practitioners in the field of postal and delivery economics, originally presented at the 29th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics held online, September 1-3, 2021. The central focus of the book is the short and long-term impact of covid-19 pandemic on the sectors, both from the economic and regulatory perspectives. Other important topics include the unstoppable growth of e-commerce and the implications for delivery market; solutions for the “last mile”, and the associated challenges in terms of sustainability. Chapters also discuss traditional topics for postal and delivery sectors, such as the competitive dynamics in the sector, the business strategies of postal operators, as well as the definition and funding of the Universal Service Obligation. This book will be a useful tool not only for graduate students and professors interested in postal and regulatory economics, but also for postal administrations, consulting firms, and federal government departments. 


  • Regulation
  • competition
  • e-commerce
  • delivery
  • postal
  • covid-19
  • sustainability
  • SGEI
  • USO

Editors and Affiliations

  • European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy

    Pier Luigi Parcu

  • School of Public Policy, Univ Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, USA

    Timothy J. Brennan

  • Rutgers Business School, Newark, USA

    Victor Glass

About the editors

Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (Italy) and Area Director of the Florence School of Regulation Communications & Media. He is Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and Director of the Florence Competition Program in Law and Economics. His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behavior.

Timothy J. Brennan is professor of public policy and economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (US). He has published over 135 articles and book chapters, principally on antitrust and regulatory economics, including the electricity, telecommunications, postal, oil pipeline, and other infrastructure sectors. He also has a strong interest in the nexus between economics and philosophy, which he has applied to questions such as the ethics of discount rates and the role of consumer error in designing energy policy.

Victor Glass is a professor of professional practice in the finance and economics department at Rutgers Business School (US). He is the director of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries. For almost thirty years, he was responsible for forecasting demand and setting access rates for more than 1,100 telephone companies and was heavily involved in regulatory reform. He has published studies of market and regulatory issues that have appeared in academic journals and trade magazines.

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Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
This title has not yet been released. You will be able to pre-order it soon.