Analyzing Global Environmental Issues: Theoretical and Experimental Applications and their Policy Implications

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Our world witnesses environmental dilemmas and political conflicts leading us to appreciate the need for individuals and groups to behave strategically in order to achieve their goals and maintain their wellbeing. Global issues such as climate change, migration, resource depletion, and pollution, as well as revolts and protests against corporations, regimes, and other central authorities are the result of increased levels of externalities among individuals and nations (e.g., fisheries, global warming, ...

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Our world witnesses environmental dilemmas and political conflicts leading us to appreciate the need for individuals and groups to behave strategically in order to achieve their goals and maintain their wellbeing. Global issues such as climate change, migration, resource depletion, and pollution, as well as revolts and protests against corporations, regimes, and other central authorities are the result of increased levels of externalities among individuals and nations (e.g., fisheries, global warming, transboundary water, ecological services, and poverty). These all require policy intervention at international and global levels.

Game theory has become one of the main analytical tools for addressing strategic issues in the field of economics, and is increasing its influence in other social sciences like politics, sociology, and law, and in computer science and evolutionary biology. With globalization and openness of societies, and with the growing level of communication and analytical capacity, game theory is perceived as a major tool for policy makers and not only for theoreticians.

The proposed book includes chapters by experts proposing game theoretical solutions to a variety of social issues related to global and international conflicts over natural resources and the environment. The focus of the book is on applications that have policy implications, relevance and, consequently, could lead to the establishment of policy dialogue. The objective of this book is to illustrate the usefulness of game theory in policy making at multiple levels and for various aspects related to global and international issues.

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Ariel Dinar is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, and Director Water Science and Policy Center, University of California, Riverside, USA. He was formerly Lead Economist of the Development Research Group at the World Bank, USA. His research focuses on international water and cooperation, approaches to stable water allocation agreements, water and climate change, economics of water quantity/quality, and economic aspects of policy interventions and institutional reforms.

Amnon Rapoport is Professor in the Department of Management and Organizations at the Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona, USA

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Game Theory: its role in evaluating policy interventions in global and international issues (Ariel Dinar and Amnon Rapoport) Part One: Experimental Economics Applications to Global and International Issues 2. Coordinating to protect the global Climate (Alessandro Tavoni and Astrid Dannenberg) 3. The Role of Information in the Tragedy of the Commons (Ana Espinola-Arredondo and Felix Munoz-Garcia) 4. Environmental Negotiations under Uncertainty (Ana Espinola-Arredondo and Felix Munoz-Garcia) 5. Enforced Geographic Separation as a Factor in Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons (Dmytro Zhosan and Roy Gardner) 6. Experimental Studies of Games with a Dynamic Public Bad (Svetlana Pevnitskaya and Dmitry Ryvkin) Part Two: Theoretical Applications to Global and International Issues 7 . Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and the New Member Problem (Gordon R. Munro) 8. Haggling on the verge of disaster (Jérémy Laurent-Lucchetti, Justin Leroux and Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné) 9. The dynamics of collective actions that protect the environment against the worst effects of globalization (Paloma Zapata-Lillo) 10. Informal agreements in transboundary water resources (Antonio Lloret) 11. Efficient Use of the Mekong River Basin (Harold Houba, Kim Hang Pham-Do, and Xueqin Zhu) 12. Models of Repression and Revolt In Autocracies: a Specific Point of View on The Arab Spring (Mario Gilli)

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