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Adaptation Effectiveness and Free-Riding Incentives in International Environmental Agreements

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  • Benchekroun, H.
  • Marrouch, W.
  • Ray Chaudhuri, A.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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While an international agreement over the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions proves to be elusive, there is a large and growing support for investment in developing more effective technologies to adapt to climate change. We show that an increase in effectiveness of adaptation will diminish the incentive of individual countries to free-ride on a global agreement over emissions. Moreover, we show that this positive effect of an increase in adaptation's effectiveness can also be accompanied by an increase in the gains from global cooperation over GHGs emissions.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2011-120.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2011120

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Keywords: adaptation; climate change; international environmental agreements; transboundary pollution;

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  1. Itziar Lazkano & Walid Marrouch & Bruno Nkuiya, 2014. "Adaptation to Climate Change: How does Heterogeneity in Adaptation Costs Affect Climate Coalitions?," CIRANO Working Papers 2014s-29, CIRANO.
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  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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