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International environment agreements and the case of global warming

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  • Johan Eyckmans

    (K.U.Leuven, C.E.S., Energy, Transport and Environment)

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First, this article uses standard welfare economics to illustrate the market failure and policy coordination problems caused by transboundary pollution problems in general and global warming in particular. Secondly, a brief overview is given of the main results obtained by empirical modelling exercises that combine both cost and damage estimates for global warming. Thirdly, the theoretical conclusions are confronted with the reality of ongoing international climate negotiations and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is evaluated from an economic point of view. Finally, some recommendations are made for the design of future climate agreements.

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Energy, Transport and Environment in its series Energy, Transport and Environment Working Papers Series with number ete0209.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ete:etewps:ete0209

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Keywords: global warming; externalities; international environmental agreements; Nash equilibrium; cost efficiency; participation constraints; equity; Kyoto Protocol;

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