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The benefits of cooperation under uncertainty: the case of climate change

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  • BRECHET, Thierry

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    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE and Chair Lhoist Berghmans in Environmental Eonomics and Management, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • THENIE, Julien

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE and Chair Lhoist Berghmans in Environmental Eonomics and Management, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; ORDECSYS Company, Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland.)

  • ZEIMES, Thibaut

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE and Chair Lhoist Berghmans in Environmental Eonomics and Management, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • ZUBER, Stéphane

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE and Chair Lhoist Berghmans in Environmental Eonomics and Management, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Abstract

This article presents an analysis of the behavior of countries defining their climate policies in an uncertain context. The analysis is made using the S-CWS model, a stochastic version of an integrated assessment growth model. The model includes a stochastic definition of the climate sensitivity parameter. We show that the impact of uncertainty on policy design critically depends on the shape of the damage function. We also examine the benefits of cooperation in the context of uncertainty: we highlight the existence of an additional benefit of cooperation, namely risk reduction.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2010062.

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Keywords: cooperation; uncertainty; climate change; integrated assessment model;

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  1. Thierry Bréchet & Henry Tulkens, 2013. "Climate Policies: A Burden or a Gain?," CESifo Working Paper Series 4147, CESifo Group Munich.

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