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Title:Expectation-driven climate treaties with breakthrough technologies PDF Logo
Authors:Narita, Daiju
Wagner, Ulrich J.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 1732
Abstract:Recent research has shown that agreements centered on the adoption of breakthrough technologies can break the deadlock in international climate negotiations if the mitigation technology exhibits a network externality that transforms full cooperation into a self-enforcing outcome. This paper shows that the same externality also increases strategic uncertainty about future technology adoption, which makes coordination on the cooperative outcome more demanding. We analyze this coordination problem in a dynamic game of technology adoption with convex switching costs. We find that the adoption dynamics for some technologies depend exclusively on countries' expectations about future adoption. This possibility calls for a more prominent role of expectation management in climate policy. Another implication is that the choice of breakthrough technologies should be guided not only by economic efficiency and strategic adoption incentives but also by the amount of strategic uncertainty they engender.
Subjects:International environmental agreements (IEAs)
climate policy
technology choice
multiple equilibria
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Kieler Arbeitspapiere, IfW
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