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Uniform Service, Uniform Productivity? Regional Efficiency of the Imperial German Postal, Telegraph, and Telephone Service.
Australian Economic History Review (2016)
  • Florian Ploeckl, University of Adelaide
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 data envelopment analysis efficiency scores, we derive the relative productivity of the post,telegraph,andtelephonesectorsfrom1891to1908.Resultsshow 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
  • information technology,
  • productivity,
  • public monopoly
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Florian Ploeckl. "Uniform Service, Uniform Productivity? Regional Efficiency of the Imperial German Postal, Telegraph, and Telephone Service." Australian Economic History Review Vol. 56 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 221 - 243
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ploeckl/16/