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


Lange, Andreas; Löschel, Andreas; Vogt, Carsten; Ziegler, Andreas (2010). On the self-interested use of equity in international climate negotiations. European Economic Review, 54(3):359-375.

Abstract

We discuss self-interested uses of equity arguments 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 regions may be explained by the ranking of their economic costs. Despite being self-interested, equity arguments may be perceived as being used for different reasons, for example, out
of fairness considerations or in order to facilitate negotiations. Consistent with experimental and behavioral studies on fairness perceptions, we find that individuals
are more likely to state reasons with positive attributes if they evaluate their own region or regions that support the individual’s personally preferred equity rule. Negotiators perceive the use of equity by regions as less influenced by pressure from interest groups.

We discuss self-interested uses of equity arguments 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 regions may be explained by the ranking of their economic costs. Despite being self-interested, equity arguments may be perceived as being used for different reasons, for example, out
of fairness considerations or in order to facilitate negotiations. Consistent with experimental and behavioral studies on fairness perceptions, we find that individuals
are more likely to state reasons with positive attributes if they evaluate their own region or regions that support the individual’s personally preferred equity rule. Negotiators perceive the use of equity by regions as less influenced by pressure from interest groups.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:April 2010
Deposited On:02 Mar 2011 15:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:52
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0014-2921
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2009.08.006
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47324

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