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An Econometric Study of Cost Elasticity in the Activities of Post Office Counters

  • Catherine Cazals
  • Pascale Duchemin
  • Jean-Pierre Florens
  • Bernard Roy
  • Olivier Vialaneix
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 41)

Abstract

Economists generally agree that scope and scale economies in the postal sector are concentrated mainly in distribution and counter activities. Numerous empirical studies highlight returns to scale in distribution (see, for example, Rogerson and Takis, 1993; Bradley and Colvin, 1993; Cazals, DeRycke, Florens and Rouzaud 1997; Roy 1999; Cazals, Florens and Roy 2001) but few studies are interested in counter activities.

Keywords

Cost Function Scale Economy Input Price Counter Activity Post Office 
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References

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Cazals
    • 1
  • Pascale Duchemin
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Florens
    • 1
  • Bernard Roy
    • 2
  • Olivier Vialaneix
    • 2
  1. 1.IDEI & GREMAQUniversity of Toulouse IFrance
  2. 2.La PosteFrance

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