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The Effects of the Length of the Period of Commitment on the Size of Stable International Environmental Agreements

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  • NKUIYA MBAKOP, R. Bruno
  • GAUDET, Gérard

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This paper extends the standard model of self-enforcing dynamic international environmental agreements by allowing the length of the period of commitment of such agreements to vary as a parameter. It analyzes the pattern of behavior of the size of stable coalitions, the stock of pollutant and the emission rate as a function of the length of the period of commitment. It is shown that the length of the period of commitment can have very significant effects on the equilibrium. Three distinct intervals for the length of the period of commitment are identified, across which the equilibrium and its dynamic behavior differ considerably. Whereas for sufficiently high values of the period of commitment only self-enforcing agreements of two countries are possible, for sufficiently low such values full cooperation can be generated. Lengths of periods of commitment between those two thresholds are characterized by an inverse relationship between the length of commitment and the membership size of the agreement. This suggests that considerable attention should be given to the determination of the length of such international agreements.

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  • NKUIYA MBAKOP, R. Bruno & GAUDET, Gérard, 2010. "The Effects of the Length of the Period of Commitment on the Size of Stable International Environmental Agreements," Cahiers de recherche 2010-02, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
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    Keywords

    International environmental agreements; global pollution; stock pollution; dynamic games;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations

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