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International Environmental Agreements in the Presence of Adaptation

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  • Walid Marrouch

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  • Amrita Ray Chaudhuri

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We show that adaptive measures undertaken by countries in the face of climate change, apart from directly reducing the damage caused by climate change, may also indirectly mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the stable size of international agreements on emission reductions. Moreover, we show that the more effective the adaptive measure in terms of reducing the marginal damage from emissions, the larger the stable size of the international environmental agreement. In addition, we show that larger coalitions may lead to lower global emission levels and higher welfare. Nous montrons que les mesures d’adaptation aux changements climatiques vont réduire directement les dommages causés par les changements climatiques. En plus, ces mesures peuvent aussi, indirectement, réduire les émissions des gaz à effet de serre puisqu’ils vont augmenter le nombre des participants dans les accords internationaux sur la réduction des émissions. En outre, nous montrons que la taille stable des accords internationaux sur l’environnement augmente avec l’efficacité des mesures d’adaptation. Par ailleurs, nous établissons que les grandes coalitions peuvent mener à des niveaux inférieurs d’émissions globales, et en plus ces grandes coalitions augment le bien-être mondial.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2011s-32.

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Keywords: international environmental agreements; adaptation; coalition formation; climate change; accords environnementaux internationaux; adaptation; formation de coalitions; changements climatiques;

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  1. Heuson, Clemens & Gawel, Erik & Gebhardt, Oliver & Hansjürgens, Bernd & Lehmann, Paul & Meyer, Volker & Schwarze, Reimund, 2012. "Ökonomische Grundfragen der Klimaanpassung: Umrisse eines neuen Forschungsprogramms," UFZ Reports 02/2012, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
  2. Klaus Eisenack & Leonhard Kähler, 2012. "Unilateral emission reductions can lead to Pareto improvements when adaptation to damages is possible," Working Papers V-344-12, University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2012.
  3. Heuson, Clemens & Gawel, Erik & Gebhardt, Oliver & Hansjürgens, Bernd & Lehmann, Paul & Meyer, Volker & Schwarze, Reimund, 2012. "Fundamental questions on the economics of climate adaptation: Outlines of a new research programme," UFZ Reports 05/2012, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

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