Studies

Christensen Associates Submits Report on Postal Service Price Cap

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March 20, 2017 - Mark Meitzen, A. Thomas Bozzo, and Phil Schoech

As part of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ten-year review of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Christensen Associates submitted a report that analyzes the current Postal Service price cap and discusses the merits of alternative forms of price regulation for the future.

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Christensen Associates Assists the Postal Service Office of Inspector General in Analyzing Price Cap Issues

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August 17, 2015 - Phil Schoech, Mark Meitzen, Casey Schuster, and William Jones

In response to a request by Senator Thomas Carper, the Postal Service OIG engaged Christensen Associates to update and extend a 2013 analysis of the Postal Service price cap system. The update confirms that the current price cap regulation is financially unsustainable.

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Case Study: Vehicle Registration Compliance for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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February 12, 2015 - Phil Schoech, Terry Schoenherr, Dave Armstrong, Tom Ayen, Jeff Carroll, Travis Grau, Jane Hosking, William Jones, Teresa Sholts, Rita Sweeney, and Brad Wagner

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation hired Christensen Associates to conduct a study to estimate the number of automobiles and light trucks on the roads without current registrations, and determine the reasons for non-compliance.

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Michael Naaman and Kenneth Flamm Show that Sub-Regressions can be Statistically Unreliable

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December 17, 2014 - Michael Naaman and Ken Flamm

Dr. Naaman and Dr. Flamm demonstrate that so-called sub-regressions can be statistically unreliable when based on too small subsamples in antitrust class certification.

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US Postal Service OIG Exploring 3D Printing

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August 12, 2014 - Sam Cutting, Brad Wagner, and Mark Meitzen

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its white paper on the advancing technology of 3D printing. The USPS OIG contracted with Christensen Associates to assist on this study. Our analysis of commercial package volume data showed that 3D printing could lead to an increase in annual revenue of as much as $485 million due to new package shipments.

The ubiquitous first- and last-mile postal network would be a strong asset for connecting emerging 3D printing businesses with their customers. Additionally, excess space in postal facilities offers tantalizing partnership opportunities for businesses committed to fast, streamlined delivery of 3D-printed goods.

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Minnesota Freight Rail Economic Development (FRED) Study Released

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November 22, 2013 - Mark Meitzen, Phil Schoech, Casey Schuster, and Jeff Carroll

Christensen Associates was part of a team that studied the potential for freight rail economic development in the state of Minnesota. The project, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, identified specific opportunities for more effective collaboration among shippers, railroads, and economic development agencies, and transportation agencies. The recommendations made in the report can lead to expanded local rail access, complementary business development, and improved rail and intermodal service options.

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Final Report on Preserving and Protecting Freight Infrastructure and Routes Published by the Transportation Research Board

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April 19, 2012 - Mark Meitzen

A consortium led by Christensen Associates investigated issues related to freight corridor encroachment. The objective of this 16-month research, funded by theTransportation Research Board's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), was to provide guidance to public and private stakeholders on how to develop, preserve, protect, and enhance freight transportation infrastructure and routes for all modes of transportation. The final report is now available.

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Christensen Associates Finds that $2.5 Billion of U.S. Postal Service Costs Are Tied To Current Service-Standard Levels

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January 9, 2011 - A. Thomas Bozzo, Sam Cutting, Travis Grau, and Joe Henningfield

Christensen Associates investigated areas of potential cost savings for a hypothetical one-day relaxation of service standards—defined as the number of days from entry of the mail into the postal system until delivery. We identified approximately $2.5 billion in costs for FY 2010 that are partly or wholly related to service standards. However, because of the interrelation of functions, not all of these costs are available as potential cost savings from extending service standards by one day.

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Staggers Act Articles and Research Papers

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January 3, 2011 - Doug Caves, Lau Christensen, Kelly Eakin, A. Thomas Bozzo, Mark Meitzen, and Phil Schoech

Christensen Associates researched and forecast the the impact of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. Thirty years on, they return to the issues of railroad productivity, provide updated analysis, and review how well they foresaw the impacts of deregulation on the U.S. Freight Railroad industry.

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