Self-Enforcing International Agreements and Domestic Policy Credibility

36 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2003

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Paola Conconi

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Carlo Perroni

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 2003

Abstract

We explore the relationship between international policy coordination and domestic policy credibility when both must be self-supporting. Our arguments are presented in the context of a two-country, two-period model of dynamic emission abatement with transboundary pollution, where government policies suffer from a time-consistency problem. In the absence of repeated interaction, any form of coordination - between governments, and between governments and their respective private sectors - improves policy making. Nevertheless, under repeated interaction international policy spillovers can make it possible to overcome the domestic credibility problem; and, conversely, the inability to precommit to policy domestically can help support international policy cooperation.

Keywords: Policy Commitment, Self-enforcing International Agreements

JEL Classification: F42, C73, H20

Suggested Citation

Conconi, Paola and Perroni, Carlo, Self-Enforcing International Agreements and Domestic Policy Credibility (July 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 988. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=429964

Paola Conconi

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Carlo Perroni (Contact Author)

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