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A Model of Competition in the Solar Panel Industry

By Unni Pillai and Jamison McLaughlin


We develop a model of competition in the solar panel industry. Solar firms manufacture panels that are differentiated both vertically and horizontally, and compete by setting quantities. The equilibrium of the model is consistent with a set of stylized facts that we document, including variation in prices, markups and market shares across firms. We calibrate the model using a new dataset data on prices, costs and shipments of leading solar companies, as well as solar sales in four leading markets. The calibrated model is applied to evaluate the impact of a decline in the price of polysilicon, a key raw material used in the manufacture of solar panels, on the equilibrium price of solar panels.

Topics: L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms, Q40 - General, Q42 - Alternative Energy Sources
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.2139/ssrn.2259164
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