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On the self-serving use of equity in international climate negotiations


Lange, Andreas; Löschel, Andreas; Vogt, Carsten; Ziegler, Andreas (2008). On the self-serving use of equity in international climate negotiations. In: Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (SURED 2008), Ascona, Switzerland, 2 June 2008 - 5 June 2008.

Abstract

We discuss self-serving uses of equity in international climate negotiations. Using unique data from a world-wide survey of agents involved in international climate policy, we show that the perceived support of different equity rules by countries can be explained by the ranking of their economic costs. Despite being self-serving, equity arguments may be perceived as being used for different reasons, e.g. out of fairness considerations or to facilitate of negotiations. Consistent with experimental and behavioral studies, we find empirical evidence for self-serving biases: individuals are more likely to state reasons with positive attributes if they evaluate countries that support the individual’s personally preferred equity rule. Negotiators perceive countries’ use of equity as less influenced by pressure from interest groups.

We discuss self-serving uses of equity in international climate negotiations. Using unique data from a world-wide survey of agents involved in international climate policy, we show that the perceived support of different equity rules by countries can be explained by the ranking of their economic costs. Despite being self-serving, equity arguments may be perceived as being used for different reasons, e.g. out of fairness considerations or to facilitate of negotiations. Consistent with experimental and behavioral studies, we find empirical evidence for self-serving biases: individuals are more likely to state reasons with positive attributes if they evaluate countries that support the individual’s personally preferred equity rule. Negotiators perceive countries’ use of equity as less influenced by pressure from interest groups.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
03 Faculty of Economics > Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Event End Date:5 June 2008
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 16:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:07
Related URLs:http://www.ccrs.uzh.ch/index.php/publikationen
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Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-16620

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