Matthew E. Kahn 
USC Economics Webpage

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Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor of Economics at USC.    He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA.  He also serves as a Non-Resident Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business at the Urbanization Project and as a Non-Resident Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research.  He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University and UCLA.  He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford and as the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.  He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.   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). In September 2010, Basic Books published his book titled Climatopolis .  In January 2016, he published an updated e-book titled: Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics.   In May 2016, Princeton University Press will publish his book Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng). His research focuses on environmental and urban economics.

Phone:  213-740-6997
Mailing Address

Department of Economics
Los Angeles, CA 90089


My current 
Vita   with web links to almost all of my publications.  


Media Coverage

A profile in courage? 

On October 24th 2012, I started my own "environmental and urban economics university" called "Kahn University" on YouTube.  These short videos are posted here.

Popular Media Coverage   (out of date)



 graduate reading list on the economics of climate change adaptation.

I blog at   My blog's entries focus on environmental and urban topics.



My Five Favorite Books and my Amazon Author Page

1.  Purchase my 2006 Brookings Institution Press book "Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment"

Read Chapter One






2.  Purchase my 2009 Princeton University Press Book "Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War" (joint with Dora L. Costa)

Read Chapter One






3.  Climatopolis published in September 2010 by Basic Books.   Here is the Book's overview.  
4. Here is my January 2016 Book titled Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics.  This book is priced at $5 per copy and can be read for the pure pleasure of learning some "University of Chicago" style applied price theory, or by students who are serious about learning both 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.

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


Watch my UCSB Talk that 98,000 people have viewed here.


Radio Show #1: NPR in Seattle go to September 1st 2010.
Radio Show #2: KPCC Interview with Patt Morrison on September 10th 2010.

 Climatopolis Book Reviews
The Economist Magazine reviewed this book in its September 3rd 2010 issue .
The Financial Times reviewed this book on October 1st 2010 read it .


What is the treatment effect caused by studying economics?
Before  --- A Young Man in Fall 1988 (1st day of graduate school)


After ---  A Middle Aged Man