Journal of Regulatory Economics

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 380–401 | Cite as

When do firms support environmental agreements?

  • Ana Espínola-ArredondoEmail author
  • Félix Muñoz-García
Original Article


Several firms have recently supported their countries’ participation in international environmental agreements where countries commit to stricter environmental regulation. This paper analyzes the rationale of this conduct by examining equilibrium emission standards with and without environmental treaties. We identify that more stringent environmental regulation produces two effects on firm profits: a negative effect due to larger abatement costs, and a positive effect that arises from the amelioration of duopoly overproduction. We describe under which conditions the positive effect dominates the negative effect, increasing firm profits, and inducing them to support their countries’ participation in environmental treaties.


Transboundary pollution Strategic environmental policy International environmental agreement Market structure 

JEL Classification

C72 F12 H23 Q28 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Espínola-Arredondo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Félix Muñoz-García
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Economic SciencesWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.School of Economic SciencesWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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