Potential for Sustainability and Self-Enforcement of Trans-Boundary Water Agreements

CONFLICT AND COOPERATION ON TRANS-BOUNDARY WATER RESOURCES, Richard Just, Sinaia Netanyahu, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Forthcoming

9 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Nov 2015

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George B. Frisvold

University of Arizona - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

David Schimmelpfennig

Economic Research Service (ERS); Science & Technology PPQ; USDA Economic Research Service

Date Written: April 18, 1998

Abstract

Recent theoretical research on self-enforcing international environmental agreements (IEAs) has yielded rather pessimistic results: IEAs can be sustained only in cases where the outcome of cooperation is only a minor improvement over non-cooperation. Trans-boundary water pollution problems and negotiations have salient differences from previous theoretical representations of IEAs, however. This chapter discusses these differences and presents some counter-examples where trans-boundary water agreements can achieve significant increases in pollution abatement and abatement benefits over non-cooperation.

Keywords: climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, loss of biological diversity

Suggested Citation

Frisvold, George B. and Schimmelpfennig, David and Schimmelpfennig, David, Potential for Sustainability and Self-Enforcement of Trans-Boundary Water Agreements (April 18, 1998). CONFLICT AND COOPERATION ON TRANS-BOUNDARY WATER RESOURCES, Richard Just, Sinaia Netanyahu, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1813903

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