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Authors: 
Grösche, Peter
Schröder, Carsten
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Economics working paper / Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Department of Economics 2011,07
Abstract: 
The present article assesses the redistributive effects of a key element of German climate change policy, the promotion of renewables in the electricity mix through the provision of a feed-in tariff. The tariff shapes the distribution of households' disposable incomes by charging a levy that is proportional to household electricity consumption, and by financial transfers channeled to households feeding green electricity into the grid. Our study builds on representative household survey data, providing information on various socio demographics, household electricity consumption and ownership of solar facilities. The redistributive effects of the feed-in tariff are evaluated by means of various inequality indices. All the inequality measures indicate that Germany's feed-in tariff is mildly regressive.
Subjects: 
Income distribution
redistribution
tax incidence
renewable resources
energy policy
JEL: 
D12
D31
H22
H23
Q27
Q48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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