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Can a Focus on Breakthrough Technologies Improve the Performance of International Environmental Agreements?

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  • Michael Hoel
  • Aart de Zeeuw

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In a recent paper, Barrett (2006) reaches the conclusion that in general the answer to the question in the title is no. We show in this paper that a focus on the R&D phase in the development of breakthrough technologies changes the picture. The stability of international treaties improves and thus the possibility of realizing benefits of cooperation.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15043.

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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15043

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Cited by:
  1. Scott Barrett, 2010. "Climate Treaties and Backstop Technologies," CESifo Working Paper Series 3003, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Hong, Fuhai & Karp, Larry, 2012. "International environmental agreements with mixed strategies and investment," CUDARE Working Paper Series 1129, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
  3. Stefan Borsky & Andrea Leiter & Michael Pfaffermayr, 2011. "Does going green pay off? The effect of an international environmental agreement on tropical timber trade," Working Papers 2011-17, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.
  4. Bard Harstad, 2009. "The Dynamics of Climate Agreements," Discussion Papers 1474, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
  5. Johannes Urpelainen, 2013. "Can strategic technology development improve climate cooperation? A game-theoretic analysis," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 18(6), pages 785-800, August.

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