International Cooperation to Resolve International Pollution Problems
AbstractThis 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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International pollution; International environmental agreements; Treaty design; Coalition theory;
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- C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
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- NEP-ALL-2004-07-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2004-07-18 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-RES-2004-07-18 (Resource Economics)
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