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Estimating Marginal Costs and Market Power in the Italian Electricity Auctions

  • Bruno Bosco

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    (Department of Legal and Economic Systems, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)

  • Lucia Parisio

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    (Department of Legal and Economic Systems, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)

  • Matteo Pelagatti

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    (Department of Statistics, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)

In this paper we examine the bidding behaviour of firm competing in the Italian wholesale electricity market where generators submit hourly supply schedule to sell power. We describe the institutional characteristics of the Italian market and derive generators' equilibrium bidding functions. We also discuss the main empirical strategies followed by the recent econometrical literature to obtain estimates of (unobservable) optimal bids. Then, we use individual bid data, quantity volumes and other control variables to compare actual bidding behaviour to theoretical benchmarks of profit maximization. We obtain estimates of generators' costs to be used in conjunction with hourly market equilibrium prices to derive some measures of the extent of market power in the Italian electricity sector and of its exploitation by firms.

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Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mis:wpaper:20100201
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  1. Parisio, Lucia & Bosco, Bruno, 2003. "Market Power and the Power Market: Multi-unit Bidding and (In)Efficiency in Electricity Auctions," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 377-401, August.
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