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The Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics

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    The Grand Brighton, Brighton, U.K.

    Abstracts Due: December 15, 2011

    Papers are invited from researchers and practitioners, including academic and research economists, and staff and managers in

    postal administrations and express carriers working on economic issues. A major theme this year is likely to be the decline in

    mail volume from electronic competition. Possible topics include:

    ; Liberalization ; Electronic competition to mail

    ; Service quality, reliability and pricing ; Express carriers labor economics

    issues ; Transition from monopoly to competition

    ; Productivity issues ; Financial viability and agency problems

    ; Privatization, and commercialization ; Antitrust and competition policy

    ; Incentive regulation ; Universal Service Obligation

    ; Future Technologies ; Legislative reform

    ; Cost analysis ; New services

     ; Settlements and terminal dues ; Innovation

    ; Demand for communications

    Sponsors of the 19th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, June 1-4, 2011, St. Helier, Jersey were: Royal Mail;

    Deutsche Post DHL; Jersey Post; bpost, La Poste; R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company; United Parcel Service; ARCEP; Jersey

    Competition Regulatory Authority; Pitney Bowes; Siemens Industry Mobility; U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission;

    Posten AB; Postal Services Commission; Itella Corporation; Post Italiane; ANACOM; FedEx Express; FTI.; KPMG LLP; CALL FOR PAPERS LECG; NERA Economic Consulting; PostNL; Swiss Post; IBM Global Business Services; Oxera; Consumer Focus; SLS

    Consulting, LLC; Venable LLP; Bird & Bird LLP; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Commission for Communications Regulation; Frontier Economics; International Post Corporation; London Economics; National Association of Letter Carriers; Accent;

    AlixPartners; An Post; Association for Postal Commerce; Diversified Specifics; FratiniVergano-European Lawyers; K&L Gates LLP; Luis Jimenez Consulting LLC; New Zealand Post Limited; Swiss Economics

    A book is planned, arising from the Conference, edited by the Academic Directors of the Program, Professor Michael A. Crew and Professor Paul R. Kleindorfer. Authors of papers selected for the program will be advised on the prospects of publication in the

    conference volume once an agreement is reached with a publisher.

    To be considered for the Conference, abstracts should be submitted by email to Michael A. Crew at mcrew@business.rutgers.edu

    and Paul R. Kleindorfer at kleindorfer@wharton.upenn.edu. The abstract should be submitted based on the Instructions below

    following the submission form. Please complete the abstract submission form and send it containing your abstract. Abstracts should be received by December 15, 2011. There is no guarantee that abstracts received after the deadline of December 16th will be considered. Abstracts submitted by the deadline of December 16, 2011 will be prescreened by Drs. Michael Crew and Paul Kleindorfer. Include your name and title of the paper on the abstract and use MS Word format and indicate your last name plus “Abstract” in the email subject box. All abstracts will receive a personal acknowledgement within a few days. If an

    acknowledgment has not been received within 48 hours please let us know immediately by calling (973)353-5761 or via

    e-mail at crri@business.rutgers.edu. If your paper is selected, you will be responsible for payment of the conference registration fee. Dr. Crew will inform you of the Committee’s decision in January 2012. Complete papers selected for the program are due

    April 30, 2012, so that the papers will be available to 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 organizations. The registration fee for authors presenting papers is $1,350 provided payment is received by February 15, 2012. After this date the registration fee will be for the full-rate of

    $1,500. A no-cancellation policy is applicable to lead authors of accepted papers, unless we are notified prior to the abstract submission deadline. All participants are required to cover the cost of their travel, lodging, food, and other expenses. In the case of full-time faculty of colleges and universities selected for the program, an honorarium plus support for registration and lodging may be available.

    Persons interested in presenting papers that need additional information should contact Michael A. Crew at mcrew@business.rutgers.edu or 973-353-5049.

ABSTRACT: 20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, May 30 June 2, 2012, Brighton, U.K.

    Please complete this form with your abstract and email to mcrew@business.rutgers.edu and kleindorfer@wharton.upenn.edu. Please duplicate the form as necessary for additional abstracts or additional co-authors. Please be sure to include all of the following information.

Paper Title:

    Attach abstract, not to exceed two typed, double-spaced pages.

    Author 1*

    Name:

    Title:

    Affiliation:

    Complete Mailing Address:

    Telephone: Fax:

    Email:

    Please check one. If paper is accepted, this author:

    ____ Will attend conference. ______ May attend conference. _____ Will not attend conference.

    Please check one:

    ____ I am a full-time faculty member and am applying for waiver of the conference fee and support for lodging during the

    conference.

    ____ I will pay the speakers’ rate of $1,350 for industry employees upon acceptance of my paper. I understand that if payment is not

    provided by February 15, 2012 the rate will become $1,500.**

    ____ I am a full-time employee of a sponsoring organization and am applying waiver of conference fee.**

Author 2

    Name:

    Title:

    Affiliation:

    Complete Mailing Address:

    Telephone: Fax:

    Email:

    Please check one. If paper is accepted, this author:

    ____ Will attend conference. ______ May attend conference. _____ Will not attend conference.

    Please check one:

    ____ I am a full-time faculty member and am applying for waiver of the conference fee and support for lodging during the

    conference.

    ____ I will pay the speaker’s rate of $1,350 for industry employees upon acceptance of my paper. I understand that if payment is not

    provided by February 15, 2012 the rate will become $1,500.**

    ____ I am a full-time employee of a sponsoring organization and am applying waiver of conference fee.**

    * Author 1 will receive all correspondence regarding the paper. If there are more than 2 authors, please attach additional pages as needed to provide information on further authors.

    ** Food and Lodging are not covered by the registration fee or sponsorship. These will be paid directly to the hotel.

    Instructions for Submitting Abstracts to the

    20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics

Abstracts presented by the deadline of December 16, 2011 will be prescreened by Drs. Michael

    Crew and Paul Kleindorfer. You will hear from Dr. Crew or Dr. Kleindorfer the result of the prescreening process within a few days from submission. If you do not hear within two days, please contact crri@business.rutgers.edu immediately. Include your name on the abstract in MS

    Word format. Please submit to mcrew@business.rutgers.edu and

    kleindorfer@wharton.upenn.edu.

    Please include your last name plus “Abstract” in the subject box.

    1. Abstracts should be long enough to explain what the author(s) plan(s) to achieve but not so

    long that reviewers will be disinclined to read them. For most people this translates into

    200-400 words excluding title and references.

2. Abstracts should be informative but not detailed.

3. Abstracts should indicate (not necessarily in this order):

    ; The objectives of the paper

    ; The approach of the paper. (This would include methodology. For example, whether it uses

    econometrics, case studies or other approaches to validation.) When the paper relies on a

    data analysis, a clear statement as to the nature of the data and its availability in a timely

    fashion is important to judging the acceptability of the paper.

    ; Ways in which the contribution(s) of the paper are original. (These could include a

    contribution to theory or empirical knowledge or an important domain of application in

    practice.) Where the contribution is clarified by reference to earlier literature, do so, but

    there is no requirement for extensive references.

    ; Whether or not it is related to previous Conference papers by the author(s) or others.

    ; Why the paper is likely to be interesting? (For example, the likely implications that the

    approach will have for policy.) To whom it is likely to be of interest? (E.g. applied micro

    theorists, consumer advocates, PO management, regulators, et al.).

    ; Why the paper is timely?

    4. For guidance as a potential model abstract see the Crew and Kleindorfer abstract linked at

    www.crri.rutgers.edu/call/CK2007.pdf

    Those not meeting the criteria will either be given the opportunity to revise their proposed abstracts or will be informed that their abstracts are not going to be considered by the Program Committee when it meets. Abstracts arriving after the deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration by the Committee.

    These Instructions are intended to encourage authors to think carefully about their proposed paper at an early stage. This not only enhances the chances of its being selected by the Committee for presentation, but also increases the probability that it will ultimately be published.

    Any questions regarding these instructions should be addressed in the first instance to Michael Crew at mcrew@business.rutgers.edu or by phone 973-353-5049.

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