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About Jose Anson, PhD

Dr Jose Anson is currently leading the economic research and analysis conducted by the Universal Postal Union, the second oldest multilateral international institution created in 1874 and today a United Nations' specialized agency in charge of easing physical, financial and electronic communications and exchanges, through efficient and universal cross-border postal and delivery services. It further stimulates cross-border trust between the citizens and firms of the world thanks to common open standards and best practices, enabling a sustainable development. This interoperable "three-dimensional postal network could dramatically facilitate expansion of global trade" says WTO head Pascal Lamy. One figure: the web of postal networks is the largest delivery network in the world with over 660,000 post offices, 75% of which are in the developing world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 80% of postal counters are located in small and medium-sized towns, and rural areas. Beyond their capillarity, the postal networks are also consistently the most trusted organizations in many countries at various stages of economic and social development. A primary goal has yet to be achieved: more than a billion people live without an address as of 2008, most of them in growing urban slums and dwellers. A true infrastructure challenge!


Present Infrastructure and Trade Economist, Universal Postal Union


Research Interests

Development Economics, Trade Policy, Political Economy, Postal Economics, Network Economics, Regulation, Financial Inclusion, and Industrial Organization

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Contact Information

Universal Postal Union
Case Postale
3015 Bern
Tel. + 41 31 350 35 90


Articles (4)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (2)

PhD Dissertation Research (3)

Presentations (4)