International Environmental Agreements in the Presence of Adaptation

33 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2011 Last revised: 20 Apr 2011

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Walid Marrouch

Lebanese American University; CIRANO

Amrita Ray Chaudhuri

University of Winnipeg - Department of Economics; Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

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Date Written: March 3, 2011

Abstract

We show that adaptive measures undertaken by countries in the face of climate change, apart from directly reducing the damage caused by climate change, may also indirectly mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the stable size of international agreements on emission reductions. Moreover, we show that the more e¤ective the adaptive measure in terms of reducing the marginal damage from emissions, the larger the stable size of the international environmental agreement. In addition, we show that larger coalitions, in the presence of adaptation, may lead to lower global emission levels and higher welfare.

Keywords: international environmental agreements, adaptation, coalition formation, climate change

JEL Classification: Q54, Q59

Suggested Citation

Marrouch, Walid and Ray Chaudhuri, Amrita, International Environmental Agreements in the Presence of Adaptation (March 3, 2011). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2011-023. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1775934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1775934

Walid Marrouch

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Amrita Ray Chaudhuri (Contact Author)

University of Winnipeg - Department of Economics ( email )

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Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
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Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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