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The Florence School of Regulation – Communications and Media, and the Rutgers Business School invite submissions from researchers and practitioners, including academic and research economists, and staff and managers in postal administrations and express carriers for the 29th Postal and Delivery Economics Conference in Gdansk (1-4 September 2021).


Potential topics include:

  • Universal Service Obligation
  • Standardisation
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Scale and productivity
  • Privatisation and commercialisation
  • Retail/Processing network redesign
  • Competitive postal markets
  • New delivery technologies
  • Settlements and terminal dues
  • Demand for postal services
  • Digitalisation and innovation
  • Diversification and new market strategies
  • The impact of COVID 19 on the postal and delivery sectors
  • The role of the Universal Postal Union
  • Regulatory evolutions in the EU, US and in the rest of the world
  • Labour economics
  • Transition from monopoly to competition
  • Financial viability
  • Antitrust and competition policy
  • Parcel markets
  • E-Commerce and cross border parcels
  • Legislative reform
  • News services
  • Electronic competition
  • Postal big data


Please submit your abstract (maximum 2000 characters) at the following link by March 26. There is no guarantee that abstracts received after the deadline will be considered. Authors of the submissions accepted by the Scientific Committee will be notified in early April 2021. Complete papers selected for the programme are due on July 20, so that the papers will be available for the participants prior to the Conference.

Acceptance of any abstract automatically registers the lead author for the Conference. All participants, including persons presenting papers, must register for the Conference and are required to pay the registration fee, except for a limited number of persons from approved sponsoring organisations. The registration fee for authors presenting papers is 1.200,00 Euro provided payment is received by April 30. After this date, the registration fee will be for the full-rate of 1.400,00 Euro. A “no-cancellation” policy is applicable to lead authors of accepted papers, unless the organisers are notified prior to the abstract submission deadline. All participants are required to cover the costs of their travel and accommodation. In the case of full-time faculty of colleges and universities selected for the programme, a reduction or waiver of the registration fee may be available.

Requests for additional information on the Conference can be addressed to Chiara Carrozza at chiara.carrozza@eui.eu

Conference papers might be selected for the edited volume that is published every year after the event to give visibility to the contributions presented. Authors of the papers selected for the programme will receive all the information on the prospects of publication in the volume once an agreement is reached with a publisher.

The Postal and Delivery Economics Conference is supported by public and private organisations. The last edition, for example, was made possible by the contributions of Royal Mail, Amazon, UPS, Ofcom, Poste Italiane, Swiss Post, La Poste, Copenhagen Economics, K&L Gates, IBM, ComReg, Cullen International. Please consider becoming a supporting organisation. Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof Pier Luigi Parcu at Pierluigi.Parcu@eui.eu (please also add in cc Chiara Carrozza at chiara.carrozza@eui.eu).



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