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Creating a Good Atmosphere: Minimum Participation for Tackling the 'Greenhouse Effect.'

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  • Black, Jane
  • Levi, Maurice D
  • de Meza, David

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This paper explores the implications of setting a minimum ratification level on an international agreement to tackle the greenhouse effect. Several aspects of the ratification level are considered, including the threshold number of signatories required to affect agreement, the potential number of participating countries, and the distribution of benefits from taking action. The likelihood of reaching agreement on a ratification level is also considered. It is shown, for example, that the optimal ratification level is reasonably robust to variations in circumstances and that the prospects for effecting a treaty may be improved by there being a large number of countries. Copyright 1993 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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  • Black, Jane & Levi, Maurice D & de Meza, David, 1993. "Creating a Good Atmosphere: Minimum Participation for Tackling the 'Greenhouse Effect.'," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 60(239), pages 281-293, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:60:y:1993:i:239:p:281-93
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    1. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1997. "Developing countries and environmental protection: the effects of budget balance and pollution ceiling constraints," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 285-305, December.
    2. Mohr, Ernst & Thomas, Jonathan P., 1998. "Pooling sovereign risks: The case of environmental treaties and international debt," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(1), pages 173-190, February.
    3. Martin Kesternich, 2016. "Minimum participation rules in international environmental agreements: empirical evidence from a survey among delegates in international climate negotiations," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(12), pages 1047-1065, March.
    4. Johan Eyckmans & Michael Finus, 2003. "Coalition Formation in a Global Warming Game: How the Design of Protocols Affects the Success of Environmental Treaty-Making," Energy, Transport and Environment Working Papers Series ete0317, KU Leuven, Department of Economics - Research Group Energy, Transport and Environment.
    5. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1998. "Developing countries and international environmental agreements: The case of perfect correlation," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), pages 85-102.
    6. Finus, Michael & Rundshagen, Bianca, 1998. "Toward a Positive Theory of Coalition Formation and Endogenous Instrumental Choice in Global Pollution Control," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 96(1-2), pages 145-186, July.

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