Playing a better global warming game: does it help to be green?

Alfred Endres, Michael Finus

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It is commonly believed that an increase in environmental awareness is conducive to the protection of the global commons. Moreover, it has been proposed that governments should "give a good example" by unilaterally reducing emissions. In a simple analytical framework it is shown that these relations are less straightforward than intuitively expected. On the contrary: "good intentions" might lead to lower abatement targets within an international environmental agreement and to lower stability due to strategic behavior of governments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalSwiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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