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Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies

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  • Jacquelyn Pless
  • Arthur A. van Benthem

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We formalize pass-through over-shifting as a simple yet under-utilized test for market power.We apply this test in the market for solar energy. Speci cally, we estimate the pass-through ofsolar subsidies to solar system prices using rich micro-level transaction and subsidy data fromCalifornia. Buyers of solar systems capture nearly the full subsidy, while there is more-than-complete pass-through to lessees. We conclude that solar markets are imperfectly competitiveby ruling out alternative explanations for over-shifting, and reinforce this conclusion with a testof solar demand curvature. This procedure can serve to detect market power beyond the solarmarket.

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  • Jacquelyn Pless & Arthur A. van Benthem, 2018. "Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies," OxCarre Working Papers 212, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
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    Keywords

    solar subsidy; pass-through; over-shifting; demand curvature; market power; third-;
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    JEL classification:

    • H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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