Climate Games: Who's on First? What's on Second?

45 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2018 Last revised: 15 Feb 2019

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Margaret C. Insley

University of Waterloo - Department of Economics

Peter Forsyth

University of Waterloo - David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Date Written: February 12, 2019

Abstract

We study four different climate change games and compare with the outcome of choices by a Social Planner. In a dynamic setting, two players choose levels of carbon emissions. Rising atmospheric carbon stocks increase average global temperature which damages player utilities. Temperature is modelled as a stochastic differential equation. We contrast the results of a Stackelberg game with a game in which both players as leaders (a Leader-Leader or Trumpian game). We also examine an Interleaved game where there is a significant time interval between player decisions. Finally we examine a game where a Nash equilibrium is chosen if it exists, and otherwise a Stackelberg game is played. One or both players may be better off in these alternative games compared to the Stackelberg game, depending on state variables. We conclude that it is important to consider alternate game structures in examining strategic interactions in pollution games. We also demonstrate that the Stackelberg game is the limit of the Interleaved game as the time between decisions goes to zero.

Keywords: Climate Change; Stackelberg Game; Uncertainty; Leader–Leader Game; Interleaved Game

JEL Classification: Q54; C73

Suggested Citation

Insley, Margaret C. and Forsyth, Peter, Climate Games: Who's on First? What's on Second? (February 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3192160 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3192160

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