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International Cooperation to Resolve International Pollution Problems

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  • Micheal Finus

    (Department of Economics, University of Hagen)

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This article provides a non-technical overview of important results of the game theoretical literature on the formation and stability of international environmental agreements (IEAs) on transboundary pollution control. It starts out by sketching features of first and second best solutions to the problem of transboundary pollution. It then argues that most actual IEAs can be considered at best as third best solutions. Therefore, three questions are raised: 1) Why is there a difference between actual IEAs and first and second best solutions? 2) Which factors determine this difference? 3) Which measures can help to narrow this difference? This article attempts to answer these questions after giving an informal introduction to coalition models.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2004.41.

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Date of creation: Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2004.41

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Keywords: International pollution; International environmental agreements; Treaty design; Coalition theory;

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  1. Carraro, Carlo & Siniscalco, Domenico, 1992. "The international dimension of environmental policy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(2-3), pages 379-387, April.
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  1. McEvoy, David M. & Stranlund, John K., 2006. "Enforcing 'Self-Enforcing' International Environmental Agreements," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21403, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Mélanie HEUGUES, 2009. "Une nouvelle mise en perspective des problèmes environnementaux globaux dans le cas du changement climatique : les impacts de la complémentarité stratégique entre pays," Working Papers 249312, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  3. Partha Sen, 2008. "Fdeveloping Economies And The Environment - The Role Of Trade And Capital Flows," Working papers 172, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  4. Daubanes, Julien, 2009. "Changement climatique, instruments économiques et propositions pour un accord post-Kyoto: une synthèse," TSE Working Papers 09-006, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
  5. Maryse Labriet & Richard Loulou, 2008. "How Crucial is Cooperation in Mitigating World Climate? Analysis with World-MARKAL," Computational Management Science, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 67-94, February.

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