Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107868
Authors: 
Dijkgraaf, Elbert
van Dorp, Tom
Maasland, Emiel
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-156/VI
Abstract: 
Growing concern for climate change and rising scarcity of fossil fuels prompted governments to stimulate the development of renewables. This paper empirically tests whether feed-in tariff (FIT) policies have been effective in the development of photovoltaic solar (PV), explicitly taking into account structure and consistency of FITs. Panel data estimations are employed for 30 OECD member countries over the period 1990-2011. We find a positive effect of the presence of a FIT and the development of a country’s share of PV in the electricity-mix. This effect increases if policies are consistent. Tariff height is the most important characteristic of a FIT, but other characteristics such as cost level, duration of contract and restrictions on capacity levels can also not be neglected if the goal is to increase effectiveness of FITs.
Subjects: 
Photovoltaic solar
Feed-in tariffs
Policy-consistency
Design characteristics
JEL: 
C23
G11
H23
N70
Q42
Q48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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