Do Abatement Quotas Lead to More Successful Climate Coaliltions?
This paper studies the effect of different treaty designs on the success of international environmental agreements (IEAs). We analyze the standard assumption of an efficient abatement scheme and three uniform abatement quota schemes. Apart from analytical results, the analysis is supported by simulations based on the STACO model. It turns out that quota agreements where the members decide by majority or unanimity voting are particularly successful in overcoming free-rider incentives within an IEA. Finally, our results provide a rationale for the application of uniform abatement quotas in IEAs.