Can a Focus on Breakthrough Technologies Improve the Performance of International Environmental Agreements?

21 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2009 Last revised: 8 Feb 2023

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Michael Hoel

University of Oslo; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Aart de Zeeuw

Tilburg University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2009

Abstract

In a recent paper, Barrett (2006) reaches the conclusion that in general the answer to the question in the title is no. We show in this paper that a focus on the R&D phase in the development of breakthrough technologies changes the picture. The stability of international treaties improves and thus the possibility of realizing benefits of cooperation.

Suggested Citation

Hoel, Michael and de Zeeuw, Aart J., Can a Focus on Breakthrough Technologies Improve the Performance of International Environmental Agreements? (June 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15043, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1415206

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