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The CO2 Abatement Game: Costs, Incentives and the Stability of a Sub-Global Coalition

  • Mustafa Babiker

    (University of Colorado at Boulder)

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    This paper studies the economic incentives and the institutional issues governing the outcomes of a short-term climate change policy package guided by the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Berlin Mandate initiatives. Game theoretic tools and the global trade-environment interface are explored within a 26-region, 13- commodity computable general equilibrium framework to characterize the incentives of OECD regions to comply with a non-binding agreement in a carbon abatement coalition. The results have shown that the achievement of such a coalition as well as its expansion by means of self-financed schemes are possible if suitable trade instruments are designed.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Computational Economics with number 9807002.

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    Length: 55 pages
    Date of creation: 26 Jul 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:9807002
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