Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149586
Authors: 
Inhoffen, Justus
Siemroth, Christoph
Zahn, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim 16-09
Abstract: 
Minimum prices above the market level can lead to ineffcient production and oversupply. We investigate whether this effect is even more pronounced when decision makers are influenced by their social environment. Using data of minimum prices for renewable energy production in Germany, we analyze if individual decisions to install solar panels are affected by the investment decisions of others. We implement a propensity score matching routine on municipality level and estimate that existing panels in the municipality increase the probability and number of further installations considerably, even in areas with minimal solar potential. This social effect is stronger in areas with more solar potential and less unemployment. A higher number of existing panels and more concentrated installations increase the social effect further. We discuss policy implications of these social effects.
Subjects: 
EEG
Minimum Prices
Peer Effects
Public Policy
Renewable Energy
Social Interaction
Social Effect
Social Multiplier
Solar Power
Solar Panels
Subsidy
JEL: 
H23
L14
Q42
Q48
Q58
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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