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Spatio-Temporal Variation in Peer Effects - The Case of Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany

Rode, Johannes and Müller, Sven (2016):
Spatio-Temporal Variation in Peer Effects - The Case of Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany.
[Online-Edition: http://www-sre.wu.ac.at/ersa/ersaconfs/ersa16/Paper579_Johan...],
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Abstract

We study spatio-temporal variation of peer effects in rooftop photovoltaic adoption of households. Our investigation employs geocoded data on all potential adopters and on 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. Using a discrete choice model with panel data, we find evidence that the impact of peers on adoption decisions is non-linearly decreasing in distance to a location. The pattern is most pronounced for distances up to 200 meters. We also find that peer effects in photovoltaics adoption decrease over time and that German solar system adopters are of high socio-economic status.

Item Type: Report
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Rode, Johannes and Müller, Sven
Title: Spatio-Temporal Variation in Peer Effects - The Case of Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Germany
Language: English
Abstract:

We study spatio-temporal variation of peer effects in rooftop photovoltaic adoption of households. Our investigation employs geocoded data on all potential adopters and on 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. Using a discrete choice model with panel data, we find evidence that the impact of peers on adoption decisions is non-linearly decreasing in distance to a location. The pattern is most pronounced for distances up to 200 meters. We also find that peer effects in photovoltaics adoption decrease over time and that German solar system adopters are of high socio-economic status.

Journal or Publication Title: European Regional Science Association Conference Paper
Edition: 2016
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: 02 Jan 2017 14:21
Official URL: http://www-sre.wu.ac.at/ersa/ersaconfs/ersa16/Paper579_Johan...
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