Matthew Kahn

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Matthew E. Kahn (born 1966) is a leading American educator in the field of environmental economics. After earning his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, he began teaching at various universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Tufts.[1] He is currently a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, Department of Economics, Department of Public Policy, Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School. He has served as the Low Tuck Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he will be a Visiting Professor at USC.

He is a Research Associate at the NBER and the IZA. Kahn has published over 105 papers and has authored four books including; Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press, 2006) and (with Dora Costa) Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War, which was published late in 2008 by Princeton University Press.[2] In 2010, Basic Books published his book on climate change adaptation and cities titled; "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World. In July 2013, he published a free markets environmental textbook that can be purchased for $1 a copy on Amazon called Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban.[3] He is currently finishing a book with Siqi Zheng of Tsinghua University. This book studies pollution challenges in China's growing cities.

Kahn's research focuses on the environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics. He is also known for his work on social capital.[4] He blogs on these topics at In 2009, the Wall Street Journal named him one of the top 25 Economics bloggers.[5] He is married to Dora L. Costa. Professor Costa is an economic historian and demographer who teaches at UCLA.


  • Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006)
  • Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War with Dora L. Costa, Princeton University Press, 2008
  • Climatopolis,[6] Basic Books. Fall 2010.
  • Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics, January 2015