Productivity at the post: its drivers and its distribution

Grifell-Tatje, E. and Lovell, C. A. K. (2008) Productivity at the post: its drivers and its distribution. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 33 2: 133-158. doi:10.1007/s11149-007-9051-y

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Author Grifell-Tatje, E.
Lovell, C. A. K.
Title Productivity at the post: its drivers and its distribution
Journal name Journal of Regulatory Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0922-680X
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11149-007-9051-y
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 133
End page 158
Total pages 25
Editor M. A. Crew
Place of publication Secaucus, NJ, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 1402 Applied Economics
9104 Management and Productivity
Abstract We study the productivity, financial and distributional performance of the United States Postal Service subsequent to its 1971 reorganization. We investigate the magnitude and the economic drivers of productivity change (technical change, change in cost efficiency, and scale economies), and we investigate the distribution of the financial benefits of productivity change (among consumers of postal services, postal employees and other resource suppliers, and residual claimants). We find improvements in technology to have been the main driver of, and diseconomies of scale to have been the main drag on, productivity change. We find labor to have been the main beneficiary, and consumers of postal services the main losers, from postal reorganization.
Keyword Productivity
Postal service
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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