Controlling Global Warming
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Controlling Global Warming

Perspectives from Economics, Game Theory and Public Choice

Edited by Christoph Böhringer, Michael Finus and Carsten Vogt

In this exhaustive study, the authors break new ground by integrating cutting edge insights on global warming from three different perspectives: game theory, cost-effectiveness analysis and public choice. For each perspective the authors provide an overview of important results, discuss the theoretical consistency of the models and assumptions, highlight the practical problems which are not yet captured by theory and explore the different applications to the various problems encountered in global warming. They demonstrate how each perspective has its own merits and weaknesses, and advocate an integrated approach as the best way forward. They also propose a research agenda for the future which encompasses the three methods to create a powerful tool for the analysis and resolution of global pollution problems.
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In writing this book, the various authors have benefited from intellectual and financial support in many ways, which they would like to acknowledge. Michael Finus would like to point out that his chapter is the culmination of research carried out during the last years with Alfred Endres. Michael benefited immensely from many discussions with him, which substantially improved upon the selection and presentation of topics treated in Chapter 2. He would also like to acknowledge that the idea of critically reviewing game theory and its application is also due to Alfred Endres and Volker Arnold, both from the University of Hagen. Chapter 2 has also benefited from numerous discussions with Pierre van Mouche, and from comments by participants of seminars and lectures at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. Michael was lucky to enjoy research assistance by Frank Brockmeier and Frank Lobigs which was very helpful for the completion of Chapter 2. Finally, he gratefilly acknowledges financial support from The Volkswagen Foundation, Germany, under grant number I1 69 982. Christoph BiShringer and Andreas LiSschel would like to acknowledge financial support from the European Commission (DG XII) under the projects ‘Climate Change Policy and Global Trade (CCGT)’, ‘The Role of Innovation and Policy Design in Energy and Environment for a Sustainable Growth in Europe’ (TCH-GEM-E3) and ‘Greenhouse Gases Emission Control Strategies’(GECS). They owe a major note of thanks to Thomas F. Rutherford for stimulating research cooperation during the last years that provided an essential input to their chapter. Carsten...

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