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Workshop: International Environmental Agreements – Bridging the Gap

CIRANO

Friday 21 Sep 2018
From 9AM To 6:30PM

Event organized in collaboration with

 

 

Organizers: Faye Diamantoudi (Concordia University, CIREQ, CIRANO) and Eftichios Sartzetakis (University of Macedonia)

 

Transboundary environmental pollution constitutes a major challenge in international collaboration. A number of International Environmental Agreements (IEAs) are drafted and ratified to this date, in an effort to address this problem. While the process is ongoing it is widely accepted that IEAs are either of small size (in terms of signatories) or non-enforceable. A critical characteristic of IEAs is the lack of a supra-national authority that could implement and enforce environmental policies on sovereign states. Thus, IEAs have to be self-enforcing in the sense that they have to account for the countries’ incentives to cheat on or withdraw from the agreement. Alternatively, cooperation in environmental issues can be linked to other issues affecting the negotiating countries such as trade and R&D, among others. The scope of this series of workshops is to bridge the gap across disciplines and the policy world by engaging researchers in a continuous dialogue.

Josée Duplessis

Josée Duplessis is Executive Dicrector of the Centre for Sustainable Development.

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Timothy Hodges

Timothy Hodges is Professor at McGill University.

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Larry Karp

Larry Karp is Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ngo Van Long

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 1994, Ngo Van Long is Professor and James McGill Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University. He is currently Associate Editor of the Review of International Economics, the International Game Theory Review, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory. He is also on the editorial boards/councils of a number of journals, including the European Journal of Political Economy, the Pacific Economic Review, Mathematical Social Sciences, the Australian Economic Papers, and the Review of Development Economics. He is a member of several research organizations, including CESifo, CIREQ and GEC3.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the Australian National University, his research covers a wide range of issues in microeconomic theory with specialization in four separate but related fields of economics, stressing their complementarity and intersections: resources and environmental economics, theory of international trade, theory of dynamic optimization and dynamic games in economics, and theory of industrial organization. Since 1973, he has consistently published articles and books in these four fields, and where possible, emphasizing their complementarity.

Ngo Van Long has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Theory, the International Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Economic Theory, and field journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of International Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Public Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Dynamic Games and Applications, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

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Nahid Massoudi

Nahid Masoudi is Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Damon Matthews

Damon Matthews is Professor at Concordia University.

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Eftichios Sartzetakis

Eftichios Sartzetakis is Professor at the University of Macedonia.

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Charles Séguin

A CIRANO Researcher since 2019, Charles Séguin is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion and in the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, his research interests are environmental and resource economics. He develops applied models to tackle dynamics pollution management problems, including climate change and lake eutrophication, and sustainable resource extraction. He uses optimal control and dynamic programming, along with numerical methods from computational economics, to devise policies to address these issues.

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Emilson Silva

Emilson Silva is Professor at the University of Alberta.

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Program

9:00 - 9:30
Coffee and Welcoming Remarks
9:30 - 10:30
Keynote speech: Sober Optimism and the Formation of International Environmental Agreements
Larry Karp
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:40
From Theory to Practice: Process and Personality in IEAs
Timothy Hodges
11:40 - 12:20
Sharing the Global Carbon Pie: Scientific and Ethical Challenges in International Climate Negotiations
Damon Matthews
12:20 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Panel Discussion
Charles Séguin, Josée Duplessis, Timothy Hodges, Larry Karp, Damon Matthews
15:00 - 15:40
Is it Possible to Attain Large Stable IEAs? Insights from Other Sources of Interdependencies
Nahid Massoudi
15:40 - 16:20
International Environmental Agreements – Heterogeneity, Transfers and Issue Linkage
Eftichios Sartzetakis
16:20 - 16:40
Coffee break
16:40 - 17:20
Overlapping Joint R&D Agreements to Combat Climate Change in the Presence of Transaction Costs
Emilson Silva
17:20 - 18:00
International Environmental Agreements and Optimal Constraint on Flexibility

Location


1130 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 2M8, Canada