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The Extent of the Market and Integration through Factor Markets: Evidence from Wholesale Electricity, Economic Inquiry

Abstract

We document the influence of factor markets in determining the extent of the market, appealing to the Mundell hypothesis that trade in goods and factor markets are substitutes. We confirm this influence using the U.S. wholesale market for electric power. Although the Eastern,Western, and Texas regions cannot trade electricity, inputs such as natural gas move freely across these regions. Through a set of price transmission ratios, and a supply model for natural gas, we find regional electricity shocks do propagate across regions. We conclude output markets institutionally in autarky achieve modest degrees of economic integration through factor markets.

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Article

Author(s)

Daniel Spulber, R Andrew Butters

Date Published

2020

Citations

Spulber, Daniel, and R Andrew Butters. 2020. The Extent of the Market and Integration through Factor Markets: Evidence from Wholesale Electricity. Economic Inquiry.

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