Vertical Separation v. Independent Downstream Entry in the Spanish Electricity Network: An Experimental Approach
Universidad del Pais Vasco
University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS); University of Valencia - LINEEX
Laboratori d'Economia Experimental (LEE); LINEEX and University Jaume I of Castellon
University Miguel Hernández
NET Institute Working Paper No. 07-31
We present experimental results from a series of sessions organized using the Power Market simulator; a software designed to realistically replicate the Spanish Electricity Market. In the experiments reported here we compare the status quo to two alternative treatments which represent alternative market structures. In one of them, labeled as vertical separation, we assume that power generating firms and electricity distributors-end suppliers belong to separate business groups. In the second, we study the effect of entry by independent end-suppliers. Both alternative scenarios dominate the status quo in terms of market efficiency, whereas the latter of them dominates the former.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: Experimental economics, Spanish Electricity Market, vertical relations
JEL Classification: C90, L43, L51, L53, L94
Date posted: October 25, 2007
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