The Liberalisation of the Postal Service Market in Estonia and Its Effect on Competition

Discussions on Estonian Economic Policy: Theory and Practice of Economic Policy, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2012

13 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2012  

Jüri Sepp

University of Tartu

Raigo Ernits

University of Tartu

Date Written: November 15, 2012

Abstract

The liberalisation of infrastructure sectors through opening up markets as a method for increasing the efficiency of infrastructure services is an international tendency. Emerging competition has been seen as an essential element in this process. On the other hand, the liberalisation of the market for universal services can cause several problems in ensuring quality and access to services. In this article we evaluate the results of liberalisation in the Estonian postal sector as an infrastructure specific sector offering a universal service in a decreasing market in a small country.

Keywords: competition policy, regulation in infrastructure specific sectors, universal service, postal sector

JEL Classification: D42, L43, L87

Suggested Citation

Sepp, Jüri and Ernits, Raigo, The Liberalisation of the Postal Service Market in Estonia and Its Effect on Competition (November 15, 2012). Discussions on Estonian Economic Policy: Theory and Practice of Economic Policy, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194489

Jüri Sepp (Contact Author)

University of Tartu ( email )

Ülikooli 18
Tartu 50090, 50090
United States

Raigo Ernits

University of Tartu ( email )

Ülikooli 18
Tartu 50090, 50090
United States

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