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New Roads to International Environmental Agreements: The Case of Global Warming

  • Michael Finus

    (Department of Economics, University of Hagen, Germany)

  • Johan Eyckmans

    (K.U. Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Leuven, Belgium)

We analyze with an integrated assessment model of climate change the formation of interna-tional environmental agreements (IEAs) by applying the widely used concept of inter-nal & external stability and several modifications of it. We relax the assumptions of a single agreement and open membership rule. It turns out that regional agreements are superior to a single agreement and exclusive is superior to open membership in welfare and ecological terms. Moreover, we show the importance of transfers for successful treaty-making. We relate our results to the design of current and past IEAs as well as to other issues of international policy coordination.

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