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Increasing Environmental Awareness to Protect the Global Commons--A Curmudgeon's View

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    Two countries suffering from symmetric bilateral pollution are considered. First, optimal emissions, Nash equilibrium emissions, and emissions negotiated in an international agreement are compared. Then, the effect of increasing environmental awareness on these emission levels is analyzed. Increasing environmental awareness may widen the gap between the social optimum and the Nash equilibrium, aggravating the tragedy of the commons. Also, even though inducing the countries to agree upon more ambitious reduction targets in international negotiations, it may strengthen the incentives to cheat. A broader concept of awareness may be needed to contribute to the solution of international environmental problems. Copyright 1997 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Kyklos.

    Volume (Year): 50 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 3-27

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:50:y:1997:i:1:p:3-27

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    Cited by:
    1. Habla, Wolfgang & Winkler, Ralph, 2013. "Political influence on non-cooperative international climate policy," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 219-234.
    2. Mélanie HEUGUES, 2009. "Une nouvelle mise en perspective des problèmes environnementaux globaux dans le cas du changement climatique : les impacts de la complémentarité stratégique entre pays," Working Papers 249312, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
    3. Alfred Endres, 2008. "Ein Unmöglichkeitstheorem für die Klimapolitik?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(3), pages 350-382, 08.
    4. Alfred Endres, 2004. ""Nachhaltige Entwicklung"- Zur �konomik des Bangens und des Hoffens," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 5(1), pages 91-104, 02.
    5. Mélanie Heugues, 2009. "International Environmental Cooperation: A New Eye on the Greenhouse Gases Emissions’ Control," Working Papers 09-04, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised Mar 2009.

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