Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174663
Authors: 
Rode, Johannes
Müller, Sven
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
56th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Cities & Regions: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive?", 23-26 August 2016, Vienna, Austria
Abstract: 
We study spatio-temporal variation of peer effects in rooftop photovoltaics adoption of households. Our investigation employs locational data on potential adopters and a geocoded data set of all grid-connected photovoltaic systems set up in Germany through 2010. The detailed locational data allows us to construct an individual measure of peer effects for each potential adopter across Germany. Based on a discrete choice model with panel data, our analysis reveals that peer effects are mostly localized within a range of 0-0.2 km. Within this range they deflate slowly in a non-linear manner. We also find that the peer effect decreases over time.
Subjects: 
Peer effects
installed base
discrete choice models
technology adoption
imitation
photovoltaics
solar
Germany
JEL: 
O33
C35
Q55
R10
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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