Game Theory and the Environment

Game Theory and the Environment

Game Theory and the Environment

Game Theory and the Environment


I hope that my review has given a fair summary of the fascinating topics that the editors have assembled. The book features good theory that is appropriate to a large audience as the contributors have made an effort to present the material in such a manner that it is within the grasp of readers who are less familiar with the application of game theory to environmental issues. Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, Journal of Agricultural Economics Game theory has emerged as a powerful new tool in environmental economics, especially in the study of transboundary pollution problems such as global warming and acid rain. This is the first book specifically concerned with this expanding field and addresses key issues in the application of game theory to environmental economics. The book features an impressive list of leading authorities who begin by providing a concise introduction and overview of game theory concepts. They then present an examination of methodological issues, and finally apply game theory to a variety of environmental management problems. Included in the analysis are the following issues: cooperation versus selfish behaviour and the formation and stability of coalitions asymmetric information, commitment and fairness, and irreversibility and uncertainty international environmental externalities and international pollution control agreements cooperation versus free riding in international affairs the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, regulation of nuclear power and control of acid rain best choice policy instruments. This book will be highly relevant for the growing number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental economics, environmental management and public policy. It will also be of interest both to academics researching in these areas and to practitioners in government and international agencies.


Game theory has become an indispensable part of the environmental and resource economist's tool box. Since Mäler's 'Acid Rain Game' the number of studies applying game theory in these fields has rapidly increased. Despite this increase no book exists which presents an overview of the possibilities that game theory offers in analysing environmental problems. The present volume aims to fill this niche.

This book is aimed at two audiences. First, at economists and students of economics who have no background or experience in environmental game theory and applications, but who would like to 'get into' the area. Second, for those currently working in environmental game theory the book provides a collection of state-of-the-art contributions in the area (although we do not pretend to have covered all aspects of the literature).

The chapters in this book have been written by some of the foremost authorities in game-theory applications in environmental economics, but also by some of the 'new generation' of post-doctoral researchers in Europe and the US who are just starting to make a name for themselves. In almost all cases, the contributions were specially written for this book. They cover many different aspects of the application of game theory to the environment.

The editors (Nick Hanley and Henk Folmer) would like to thank all the authors for their cooperation in putting the book together and their willingness to participate in the project. We would also like to thank Edward Elgar and Dymphna Evans for their patience. Thanks also to Yue Ma (University of Stirling) for comments on an earlier draft of parts of Chapter 1. Nick Hanley would like to thank Kerstin Schneider of the Economics Department, University of Dortmund for helping him get the project off the ground: this book is partly her fault, and so he would like to dedicate the book to her and to Sebastian. Finally, Henk Folmer would like to thank the Department of Energy, Environmental and Mineral Economics at Penn State University for the stimulating environment in which he carried out his work on this book.

Nick Hanley Henk Folmer . . .

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