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Sharing the surplus: A just and efficient proposal for environments with externalities

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  • Inés Macho-Stadler
  • David Pérez-Castrillo
  • David Wettstein

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Economic activities, both on the macro and micro level, often entail wide-spread externalities. This in turn leads to disputes regarding the compensation levels to the various parties affected. We propose a general, yet simple, method of deciding upon the distribution of the gains (costs) of cooperation in the presence of externalities. This method is shown to be the unique one satisfying several desirable properties. Furthermore, we illustrate the use of this method to resolve the sharing of benefits generated by international climate control agreements.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 119.

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Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:119

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Keywords: Externalities; sharing the surplus; Shapley value;

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Cited by:
  1. Yuan Ju & Peter Borm, 2005. "Externalities and Compensation:Primeval Games and Solutions," Keele Economics Research Papers KERP 2005/05, Centre for Economic Research, Keele University.
  2. Inés Macho-Stadler & David Pérez-Castrillo & David Wettstein, 2010. "Dividends and weighted values in games with externalities," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 177-184, March.
  3. Yuan Ju & Peter Borm, 2006. "A Non-cooperative Approach to the Compensation Rules for Primeval Games," Keele Economics Research Papers KERP 2006/18, Centre for Economic Research, Keele University.
  4. Macho-Stadler, Ines & Perez-Castrillo, David & Wettstein, David, 2006. "Efficient bidding with externalities," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 57(2), pages 304-320, November.

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