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Type: Journal article
Title: Uniform service, uniform productivity?: regional efficiency of the Imperial German postal, telegraph, and telephone service
Author: Ploeckl, F.
Citation: Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history, 2016; 56(2):221-243
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0004-8992
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Florian Ploeckl
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, and telephone sectors from1891 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: Information technology; productivity; public monopoly
Rights: © 2016 Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12099
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