On the Self-Interested Use of Equity in International Climate Negotiations

38 Pages Posted: 3 May 2009 Last revised: 4 Jul 2010

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Andreas Lange

University of Hamburg

Andreas Löschel

University of Muenster - Chair of Microeconomics, esp. Energy and Resource Economics

Carsten Vogt

Zentrum fuer EuropSische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW Centre for European Economic Research), Environmental & Resource Economics

Andreas Ziegler

ETH Zürich - Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC); University of Zurich

Date Written: April 2009

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 countries or groups of countries may be explained by 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.

Suggested Citation

Lange, Andreas and Löschel, Andreas and Vogt, Carsten and Ziegler, Andreas, On the Self-Interested Use of Equity in International Climate Negotiations (April 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w14930, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1397928

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Andreas Löschel

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