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Transboundary Water Management: Can Issue Linkage Help Mitigate Externalities?

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  • KIM HANG PHAM DO

    ()
    (School of Economics and Finance, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)

  • ARIEL DINAR

    (Water Sciences and Policy Center, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA)

  • DAENE MCKINNEY

    (Center for Research in Water Resources, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Abstract

Managing transboundary river basins is never easy and usually involves conflicts. This paper introduces a special class of games with externalities and issue linkage to promote cooperation on transboundary water resources. The paper analyzes whether issue linkages can be used as a form of negotiations on sharing benefits and mitigating conflicts. It is shown that whenever opportunities for linkages exist, countries may indeed contribute towards cooperation. In particular, if the linked games are convex, the grand coalition is the only optimal level of social welfare.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Game Theory Review.

Volume (Year): 14 (2012)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 1250002-1-1250002-20

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:igtrxx:v:14:y:2012:i:01:p:1250002-1-1250002-20

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Keywords: Games with externalities; convexity; s-core; transboundary rivers; issue linkage; international water sharing agreement; C71; C72; D62;

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