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Sharing the surplus: A just and efficient proposal for environments with externalities

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  • Inés Macho-Stadler

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  • David Pérez-Castrillo

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  • David Wettstein

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Economic activities, both on the macro and micro level, often entail wide-spread externalities. This in turn leads to disputes regarding the compensation levels to the various parties affected. We propose a general, yet simple, method of deciding upon the distribution of the gains (costs) of cooperation in the presence of externalities. This method is shown to be the unique one satisfying several desirable properties. Furthermore, we illustrate the use of this method to resolve the sharing of benefits generated by international climate control agreements.

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  • Inés Macho-Stadler & David Pérez-Castrillo & David Wettstein, 2004. "Sharing the surplus: A just and efficient proposal for environments with externalities," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 611.04, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
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    1. Ju, Yuan & Borm, Peter, 2008. "Externalities and compensation: Primeval games and solutions," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(3-4), pages 367-382, February.
    2. Macho-Stadler, Ines & Perez-Castrillo, David & Wettstein, David, 2006. "Efficient bidding with externalities," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 57(2), pages 304-320, November.
    3. Ju, Y. & Borm, P.E.M., 2006. "A Non-cooperative Approach to the Compensation Rules for Primeval Games," Discussion Paper 2006-97, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    4. Inés Macho-Stadler & David Pérez-Castrillo & David Wettstein, 2010. "Dividends and weighted values in games with externalities," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 39(1), pages 177-184, March.

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    Keywords

    externalities; sharing the surplus; Shapley value.;

    JEL classification:

    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games

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