Madrid, September 3, 2018

The Workshop proposes to link state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements to recent policy developments. Although all topics related to international environmental agreements are welcome, recent events in climate policy have revitalized the interest in modeling these agreements.

Climate change is widely recognized as one of the main problems faced by humankind. Virtually all countries of the world signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the threshold allowing it to enter into force was rapidly achieved. However, two recent events have introduced significant uncertainty. On the one hand, the announcement made by Donald Trump that the US will abandon the Paris Agreement. Formally, the US can only leave the Agreement in 2020, but the announcement has already affected the negotiation dynamics. On the other hand, the perceived need to increase climate ambition given recent extreme weather events. The Agreement’s goal is to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees. Nevertheless, immediate action is urgent because recorded pledges and efforts so far have the world on track towards a 3 degree rise, or higher.

Theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome, including, but not limited to, coalition formation, dynamic models and games, bargaining models, general equilibrium models, behavioral economics and experimental economics. A non-exhaustive list of relevant topics would include: the impact of the negotiation process on the success of environmental agreements; the role of non-binding agreements such as the Paris Agreement; the role of institutions in shaping agreements; the role of research and development; the impact of adaptation and geoengineering; the impact of alternative policy instruments on the success of agreements; and the role of risk, uncertainty and learning in developing and implementing agreements.


09:00 to 09:10  Welcome to the Pre-conference Workshop

09:10 to 10:00  Michael Finus (University of Graz, Austria): Measures to Enhance the Effectiveness of International Climate Agreements: The Case of Border Carbon Adjustments

 10:00 to 10:50  Pedro Pintassilgo (University of Algarve, Portugal): Uncertainty, Learning and International Environmental Agreements – The Role of Risk Aversion

10:50 to 11:20  Coffee Break

11:20 to 12:10  Santiago J. Rubio (University of Valencia, Spain): Self-enforcing International Environmental Agreements: Adaptation and Complementarity

 12:10 to 13:00  Alejandro Caparrós, (Spanish National Research Council-CSIC, Spain): A model of the (incomplete) Paris Agreement on climate change

13:00 to 13:50  Sareh Vosooghi (University of Oxford, UK): Information Design in Coalition Formation Games

13:50 to 15:20  Lunch

15:20 to 16:10  Luca Taschini (London School of Economics, UK and University of Verona, Italy): Linking Permit Markets Multilaterally

16:10 to 17:00  Hagen Schwerin (ETH Zurich, Switzerland): Swap Bonds or Stocks, or Balance Trade! A Game of Implicit Environmental Policy


Sub-mission deadline: 2 March 2018

Notification of acceptance: 2 April 2018

 Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces, calle Vitruvio 5, 28006 Madrid, Spain.

Organizer: Alejandro Caparrós

Institutions: AERNA, Fundación Ramón Areces, IPP-CSIC

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