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Participation in International Environmental Agreements: The Role of Timing and Regulation

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  • Michael Finus

    (University of Hagen)

  • Bianca Rundshagen

    (University of Hagen)

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We analyze the formation of self-enforcing international environmental agreements under the assumption that countries announce their participation either simultaneously or sequentially. It is shown that a sequential formation process opens up possibilities for strategic behavior of countries that may lead to inferior outcomes in terms of global abatement and welfare. We then analyze whether and under which conditions a regulator like an international organization, even without enforcement power, can improve upon globally suboptimal outcomes through coordination and moderation, given that recommendations must be Pareto-improving to all parties.

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  • Michael Finus & Bianca Rundshagen, 2005. "Participation in International Environmental Agreements: The Role of Timing and Regulation," Working Papers 2005.45, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2005.45
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    1. Michael Finus & Bianca Rundshagen & Johan Eyckmans, 2014. "Simulating a sequential coalition formation process for the climate change problem: first come, but second served?," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 220(1), pages 5-23, September.
    2. Arthur Caplan & Emilson Silva, 2007. "An equitable, efficient and implementable scheme to control global carbon dioxide emissions," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 14(3), pages 263-279, June.
    3. repec:spr:ieaple:v:18:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s10784-018-9390-4 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    International environmental agreements; Timing of participation decision; Coalition theory; Role of international regulator;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General

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