About postal economics

Hundreds of millions of physical, electronic and financial transactions are conducted each day via postal networks worldwide, which constitute a vehicle for exchanges and economic development. Postal economics studies economic issues relating to these markets, analyzes supply and demand and trends, and compares the sectoral policies implemented in various countries.

The stakes

New information and communication technologies, reform, the global economic and financial crisis and efforts to combat poverty all impact on the postal sector and need to be estimated and evaluated as a result. The economic situation of all countries, be they least developed, emerging or industrialized, is the subject of economic studies aimed at facilitating the sharing of costs, the fostering of partnerships, associations and network interconnectivity, and the development of truly global public assets.

Research group

The UPU's Postal Economics Project Group aims to build knowledge of the sector from an economics standpoint. It identifies priority and innovative areas for economic research, soliciting the participation of universities, and disseminates the results of its work, not only to the regions and member countries, but also to a wider public of decision-makers and citizens.