Recent works have suggested that most games arising in climate change diplomacy and sustainability choices, should have a coordinative nature rather than that of a prisoners' dilemma, as typically suggested. In this note, after having proposed a definition of sustainability game, we critically review the merits and shortcomings of these contributions and use a simple, yet sufficiently general, model to recall the difficulties for coordination to emerge in such games. Indeed, as far as the players' short-term interest is involved, at least in some degree, these games will most often generate a prisoner's dilemma, thereby allowing coordination only upon long-term interactions possibly under the pressure of a continuing environmental deterioration. A counter- intuitive result is proved, showing the circumstances when the deterioration of the environment can hinder cooperation in repeated games. We conclude by highlighting a number of factors forcing "brown" behaviour and therefore threatening coordination, first of all poverty and inequality, and pinpointing that, though ability to enact coordination will be key for a successful battle for climate, undue emphasis on coordination might be the deleterious in view of its optimistic message.

Alessio, C.M., Manfredi, P. (2022). Coordination games vs prisoner's dilemma in sustainability games: A critique of recent contributions and a discussion of policy implications. ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS, 192, 1-7 [10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107268].

Coordination games vs prisoner's dilemma in sustainability games: A critique of recent contributions and a discussion of policy implications

Alessio, Carrozzo Magli
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2022

Abstract

Recent works have suggested that most games arising in climate change diplomacy and sustainability choices, should have a coordinative nature rather than that of a prisoners' dilemma, as typically suggested. In this note, after having proposed a definition of sustainability game, we critically review the merits and shortcomings of these contributions and use a simple, yet sufficiently general, model to recall the difficulties for coordination to emerge in such games. Indeed, as far as the players' short-term interest is involved, at least in some degree, these games will most often generate a prisoner's dilemma, thereby allowing coordination only upon long-term interactions possibly under the pressure of a continuing environmental deterioration. A counter- intuitive result is proved, showing the circumstances when the deterioration of the environment can hinder cooperation in repeated games. We conclude by highlighting a number of factors forcing "brown" behaviour and therefore threatening coordination, first of all poverty and inequality, and pinpointing that, though ability to enact coordination will be key for a successful battle for climate, undue emphasis on coordination might be the deleterious in view of its optimistic message.
2022
Alessio, C.M., Manfredi, P. (2022). Coordination games vs prisoner's dilemma in sustainability games: A critique of recent contributions and a discussion of policy implications. ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS, 192, 1-7 [10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107268].
Alessio, Carrozzo Magli; Manfredi, Piero
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