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 and UCLA.[1] He is a professor of economics at USC. He has served as the Low Tuck Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.

He is a Research Associate at the NBER and the IZA. Kahn has published 114 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 Economics.[3] In Summer 2016, Princeton University Press will publish his next book Blue Skies in Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China . This book manuscript is co-authored with Professor Siqi Zheng of Tsinghua University in China.

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


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