Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 395–406

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

Open Access

DOI: 10.1007/s10640-010-9384-3

Cite this article as:
Hoel, M. & de Zeeuw, A. Environ Resource Econ (2010) 47: 395. doi:10.1007/s10640-010-9384-3


In a recent paper, Barrett (Am Econ Rev 96(2):22–25, 2006) reaches the conclusion that in general the answer to the question in the title is no, except for a special case in which technology adoption involves increasing returns (network externalities). We show in this paper that a focus on the R&D phase in the development of breakthrough technologies can also increase the possibilities for cooperation.


International environmental agreements Breakthrough technology 

JEL Classification

Q28 C72 F42 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Economics and TSCTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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