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Increasing Environmental Awareness to Protect the Global Commons--A Curmudgeon's View

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Two countries suffering from symmetric bilateral pollution are considered. First, optimal emissions, Nash equilibrium emissions, and emissions negotiated in an international agreement are compared. Then, the effect of increasing environmental awareness on these emission levels is analyzed. Increasing environmental awareness may widen the gap between the social optimum and the Nash equilibrium, aggravating the tragedy of the commons. Also, even though inducing the countries to agree upon more ambitious reduction targets in international negotiations, it may strengthen the incentives to cheat. A broader concept of awareness may be needed to contribute to the solution of international environmental problems. Copyright 1997 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Endres, Alfred, 1997. "Increasing Environmental Awareness to Protect the Global Commons--A Curmudgeon's View," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(1), pages 3-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:50:y:1997:i:1:p:3-27
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    1. Alfred Endres, 2004. ""Nachhaltige Entwicklung"- Zur Ökonomik des Bangens und des Hoffens," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 5(1), pages 91-104, February.
    2. Mélanie Heugues, 2014. "International environmental cooperation: a new eye on the greenhouse gas emissions’ control," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 220(1), pages 239-262, September.
    3. Alfred Endres, 2008. "Ein Unmöglichkeitstheorem für die Klimapolitik?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(3), pages 350-382, August.
    4. Habla, Wolfgang & Winkler, Ralph, 2013. "Political influence on non-cooperative international climate policy," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 219-234.
    5. 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.
    6. Tetsuo Ono & Yasuo Maeda, 2002. "On the index of environmental awareness," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Springer;Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 5(2), pages 167-178, June.

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