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

  • Michael Hoel


  • Aart Zeeuw


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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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 47 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 395-406

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Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:47:y:2010:i:3:p:395-406
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