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Does Localized Imitation Drive Technology Adoption? A Case Study on Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany

Rode, Johannes and Weber, Alexander (2016):
Does Localized Imitation Drive Technology Adoption? A Case Study on Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany.
In: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, pp. 38-48, 78, ISSN 0095-0696, [Online-Edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.02.001],
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the spatio-temporal diffusion of rooftop household photovoltaic installations in Germany and to test whether localized imitation drives their adoption. Our study is based on a unique data set of some 576,000 household photovoltaic systems installed in Germany through 2009. We employ an epidemic diffusion model which includes a spatial dimension, and control for temporal and spatial heterogeneity. According to our results, imitative adoption behavior is highly localized and an important factor for the diffusion of household photovoltaic systems.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Rode, Johannes and Weber, Alexander
Title: Does Localized Imitation Drive Technology Adoption? A Case Study on Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany
Language: English
Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the spatio-temporal diffusion of rooftop household photovoltaic installations in Germany and to test whether localized imitation drives their adoption. Our study is based on a unique data set of some 576,000 household photovoltaic systems installed in Germany through 2009. We employ an epidemic diffusion model which includes a spatial dimension, and control for temporal and spatial heterogeneity. According to our results, imitative adoption behavior is highly localized and an important factor for the diffusion of household photovoltaic systems.

Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Volume: 78
Publisher: Elsevier
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photovoltaics (PV), solar cells, technology adoption and diffusion, imitation, epidemic model
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > International Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 14:03
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2016.02.001
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