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Economic Theories of International Environmental Cooperation

Carsten Helm, Department of Economics and Law, University of Oldenburg, Germany
To deal effectively with transboundary environmental problems such as climate change, it is important to have an idea of the model for an ‘efficient’ and ‘fair’ policy. An understanding of the strategic interactions involved in the international decision-making process is also essential. Carsten Helm uses rigorous theoretical reasoning and applications to address these issues.
Extent: 208 pp
Hardback Price: $134.00 Web: $120.60
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 978 1 84064 342 8
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Sociology
To deal effectively with transboundary environmental problems such as climate change, it is important to have an idea of the model for an ‘efficient’ and ‘fair’ policy. An understanding of the strategic interactions involved in the international decision-making process is also essential. Carsten Helm uses rigorous theoretical reasoning and applications to address these issues.

• The first part of the book contains a normative analysis based on fair division theory and welfare theory. The empirical focus is on burden sharing in the climate change regime, for which a concrete proposal is derived.
• The book then extends the perspective by taking into account the self-interest of sovereign states. Using cooperative game theory the potential for Pareto efficient cooperation is analysed.
• Finally, Carsten Helm applies non-cooperative game theory to analyse issues such as environmental and welfare effects of emissions trading, the misuse of scientific uncertainties as a bargaining tool and the effects of discontinuities in environmental systems on cooperation.

This highly topical book will be of great interest to economists and political and environmental scientists, as well as all those involved in the policy and decision making of international environmental agreements.
‘Helm’s book is impressive for its combination of rigorous theory in real world contexts . . . highly recommended.’
– David Pearce, Environmental and Resource Economics
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Part I: International Policy in the Fairness Mode 2. An Axiomatic Approach to Fair Burden Sharing 3. A Welfarist Approach to Fair Burden Sharing Part II: International Policy in the Cooperative Mode 4. Environmental Cooperation as a Coalitional Game Part III: International Policy in the Non-Cooperative Mode 5. International Emissions Trading and the Choice of Allowances 6. Cooperation Behind the Veil of Scientific Uncertainty 7. Dynamic Aspects and Threshold Effects 8. Outlook Bibliography Index