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Cleaner Technologies and the Stability of International Environmental Agreements

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  • Benchekroun, H.
  • Ray Chaudhuri, A.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Abstract: This paper shows that, if countries are farsighted when deciding whether to defect from a coalition, then the implementation of cleaner technologies may jeopardize the chances of reaching an international environmental agreement. The grand coalition may be destabilized by the implementation of cleaner technologies, ultimately resulting in higher global emissions and lower global welfare. We further show that the higher the stock of pollution at the instant when the cleaner technology is implemented, the more likely that the above mechanism unfolds. We examine a reduction in the emission per output ratio as well as measures that enhance the natural rate of decay of stock pollutants.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2012-051.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2012051

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Keywords: transboundary pollution; renewable resource; clean technologies; coalition formation; differential games;

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Cited by:
  1. Eftichios Sartzetakis & Stefania Strantza, 2013. "International Environmental Agreements: An Emission Choice Model with Abatement Technology," Discussion Paper Series 2013_05, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Dec 2013.
  2. Michael Hoel & Aart de Zeeuw, 2013. "Technology Agreements with Heterogeneous Countries," Working Papers 2013.07, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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