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Can a Focus on Breakthrough Technologies Improve the Performance of International Environmental Agreements?

Michael Hoel, Aart de Zeeuw

NBER Working Paper No. 15043
Issued in June 2009
NBER Program(s):   EEE

In a recent paper, Barrett (2006) reaches the conclusion that in general the answer to the question in the title is no. We show in this paper that a focus on the R&D phase in the development of breakthrough technologies changes the picture. The stability of international treaties improves and thus the possibility of realizing benefits of cooperation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15043

Published: Michael Hoel & Aart Zeeuw, 2010. "Can a Focus on Breakthrough Technologies Improve the Performance of International Environmental Agreements?," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 47(3), pages 395-406, November.

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