Matthew E. Kahn

USC Economics



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 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 ten 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). He has also published three other Amazon Kindle books on urban economics and microeconomics. 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 will publish 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,

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Aging from 1988 to 1996 to 2009 to 2019

Popular Media Coverage (out of date) , Here are some of my recent podcasts discussing urban and environmental issues.

You can purchase my 9 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 .

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 May 4th 2021 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.

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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 New 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.

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. To be published in Spring 2022




For PHD Economics students who may ask me to serve on a dissertation committee, please follow these tips to improve your economics writing. Please also read this set of informal rules for working with me. I do not teach a Ph.D. class at USC so the best way to get a sense of my work and my research style is to read my books and academic papers. Wise students should sit down and solve some of these problems so that you understand how I think about economics.

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