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International Environmental Agreements for River Sharing Problems

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  • Harold Houba

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Gerard van der Laan

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Yuyu Zeng

    (VU University Amsterdam)

Abstract

This discussion paper led to a publication in Environmental and Resource Economics . We study coalition formation and the strategic timing of membership of an IEA for environmental issues in the Coalitional Bargaining Game (CBG) of Gomes 2005, Econometrica). For the general CBG, we derive the necessary and sufficient condition for immediate formation of the grand coalition. We apply the CBG to a river sharing problem with two symmetric upstream agents and one downstream agent. Taking the discount factor and a productivity variable of water as parameters, we identify five regions in the parameter space. First, there is a region in which the grand coalition always forms immediately. Second, there are two regions in which there is for sure gradual coalition formation, in one of these regions there is a positive probability that the upstream agents form a monopoly. Third, there are two regions in which the grand coalition forms immediately with positive probability, but also gradual coalition formation might occur with positive probability.

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  • Harold Houba & Gerard van der Laan & Yuyu Zeng, 2013. "International Environmental Agreements for River Sharing Problems," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-157/II, Tinbergen Institute.
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    1. Michael Finus & Bianca Rundshagen, 2015. "Game Theory and Environmental and Resource Economics–In Honour of Alfred Endres," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 62(4), pages 657-664, December.

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    Keywords

    Coalitional Bargaining Game; International Environmental Agreements; River Sharing Problems; Markov Perfect Equilibrium; Efficiency; Monopoly;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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