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Unilateral Action and Negotiations about Climate Policy

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  • Kai A. Konrad
  • Marcel Thum

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We analyze bargaining over international climate agreements in a setting with incomplete information about abatement costs. Unilateral commitment to high abatement reduces the gains from global cooperation. This reduces the probability of reaching efficient international environmental agreements.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in its series Working Papers with number unilateral_action_and_negotiations_about_climate_policy.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mpi:wpaper:unilateral_action_and_negotiations_about_climate_policy

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Keywords: mitigation; international climate agreements; bargaining; unilateral advances;

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