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International Cooperation to Resolve International Pollution Problems

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  • Micheal Finus

    (Department of Economics, University of Hagen)

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This article provides a non-technical overview of important results of the game theoretical literature on the formation and stability of international environmental agreements (IEAs) on transboundary pollution control. It starts out by sketching features of first and second best solutions to the problem of transboundary pollution. It then argues that most actual IEAs can be considered at best as third best solutions. Therefore, three questions are raised: 1) Why is there a difference between actual IEAs and first and second best solutions? 2) Which factors determine this difference? 3) Which measures can help to narrow this difference? This article attempts to answer these questions after giving an informal introduction to coalition models.

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  • Micheal Finus, 2004. "International Cooperation to Resolve International Pollution Problems," Working Papers 2004.41, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2004.41
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    1. Carraro, Carlo & Siniscalco, Domenico, 1992. "The international dimension of environmental policy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(2-3), pages 379-387, April.
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    1. McEvoy, David M. & Stranlund, John K., 2006. "Enforcing 'Self-Enforcing' International Environmental Agreements," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21403, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Partha Sen, 2008. "Fdeveloping Economies And The Environment - The Role Of Trade And Capital Flows," Working papers 172, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
    3. DAUBANES Julien, 2009. "Changement climatique, instruments économiques et propositions pour un accord post-Kyoto : une synthèse," LERNA Working Papers 09.19.295, LERNA, University of Toulouse.
    4. Maryse Labriet & Richard Loulou, 2008. "How Crucial is Cooperation in Mitigating World Climate? Analysis with World-MARKAL," Computational Management Science, Springer, vol. 5(1), pages 67-94, February.

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    Keywords

    International pollution; International environmental agreements; Treaty design; Coalition theory;

    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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