Delivering Letters: Should it be Decriminalized?

  • Saul Estrin
  • David de Meza
  • Charles K. Rowley
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 8)


Throughout the world it is illegal to compete with the state Post Office in the collection and delivery of letters.1 Is this an instance of the madness of crowds (of bureaucrats) or is there a good economic or other justification for outlawing competition? As background to discussing the substantive issues, we first provide a brief historical account of the evolution of the monopoly in Britain.


Consumer Surplus Average Cost Uniform Price Postal Service Public Ownership 
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  • Saul Estrin
  • David de Meza
  • Charles K. Rowley

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