Matthew E. Kahn

Provost Professor of Economics 

University of Southern California

Matthew E. Kahn is a Provost Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.  He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC.   He is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.   He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA , and Johns Hopkins University.  He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford and the National University of Singapore.   He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.   He has published eleven books.   He is the author of  Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author (joint with Dora L. Costa) of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009).  He is also the author of Climatopolis  (Basic Books 2010) and  Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng published by Princeton Press in 2016).  In March  2021, Yale University Press published his book titled Adapting to Climate Change.   In January 2021, Johns Hopkins Press published his book Unlocking the Potential of Post Industrial Cities (joint with Mac McComas).  In April 2022, the University of California Press published his book:  Going Remote.  His research focuses on urban and  environmental economics.   He is married to Dora L. Costa.   

My current Vita   with web links to almost all of my publications.   My Google Scholar Page and my REPEC Economics Rankings Page,   


Twitter at @mattkahn1966    

Aging from 1988 to 1996 to 2009 to 2019 to 2022

Renewal in 2024?

Here are some of my Climate Change Economics Videos and here are some of my Economics Lecture Videos.

Popular Media Coverage   (out of date)   ,  Here are some of my recent podcasts discussing urban and environmental issues.  

For a price of $0, you can subscribe to my Climate Economics Substack where I post columns and podcasts.

You can purchase my 11 books from  Amazon 


3.  Climatopolis published in September 2010 by Basic Books.   Here is the Book's overview.  

 Watch my UCSB Climatopolis Talk  here.

The Economist Magazine reviewed this book in its September 3rd 2010 issue .   This book explores the urban economics of adapting to climate change.

 4. Here is my  Book titled Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics.  When I teach undergraduate environmental economics, I use this as my textbook.  For those who do not own a Kindle Reader, you can use this free app to read the book on your PC.   You can download this e-book (the June 22nd 2023 version) for free at this link.    Here are my power point slides for the course.    Here are a set of questions that can be used for exams or as homework.   

5.   Blue Skies over Beijing:  Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng) , Princeton University Press May 2016.  


6.   From December 2016,   An Introduction to Empirical Microeconomics

An Introduction to Empirical Microeconomics by [Kahn, Matthew E.]

7.  My Book on Price Theory Problems 

This Amazon Book  consists of many new applied micro questions to help young economists practice using some distinctive problems.  For those who do not want to pay 99 cents for the Amazon version, you can download a free copy here.

8.   My 2021 Book published by Yale University Press.   Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of its Top Ten books in Business and Economics for Spring 2021 .  To read the reviews click here.     You can read a preview of the book here. 

9.    In 2021, Johns Hopkins Press published my new book.   Read Chapter One.   Click here to read the reviews and to order the book.

10.  Going Remote.  Published in Spring 2022.   Here is Chapter One. 

11.  Introduction to Urban Economics.  A free copy of the book (the 8/14/2023 version) can be downloaded here.

For those with ample free time, you can watch this 3 second video of my son dunking a basketball.