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Uniform Service, Uniform Productivity? Regional Efficiency of the Imperial German Postal, Telegraph and Telephone Service

Florian Ploeckl ()

No 2016-07, School of Economics Working Papers from University of Adelaide, School of Economics

Abstract: Using the regional productivity of the Reichspost, the postal service of the German Empire, I investigate whether a public monopolist operates with uniform regional productivity. Using DEA efficiency scores we derive the relative productivity of the post, telegraph and telephone sectors from 1891 to 1908. Results show a fairly stable system with substantial raw productivity differences between postal districts and that the expansion of the service offset technological productivity increases for the mail service.

Keywords: Productivity; Public Monopoly; Information Technology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 L32 L87 L96 N74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff, nep-his and nep-reg
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