Matthew E. Kahn 
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Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, the Department of Public Policy, the Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School.   During the 2015-2016 academic year, he is a Visiting 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.  Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  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 of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009). In September 2010, Basic Books published his book titled Climatopolis .  In July 2013, he published his book titled: Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics.   His research focuses on environmental and urban economics.  

I serve as the Director of Research for the UCLA Anderson School's Ziman Real Estate Center. or


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

My Google Scholar Page and my Google Citation Page and my REPEC Economics Rankings Page,  As of June 2015, I'm ranked #427 in the world overall rankings (out of 44,000+ economists) and ranked #228 for productivity over the last ten years.   I'm ranked #7 in the world among economists who received their Ph.D. in 1993. 

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Popular Media Coverage   (out of date)



In Fall 2013, I taught M134 Environmental Economics.  All of the class materials are available here.   You can watch all of the class videos here.

In Fall 2014, I'm teaching M134 again and the current set of files are posted here.

 graduate reading list on the economics of climate change adaptation.

I blog at   My blog's entries reflect my thoughts on a range of topics. I try to focus on my professional research areas but I also write about the real world. Some of my entries have been controversial.  I do not seek to offend anyone.  In a free society, we must continue to question and debate our choices.   



My Four 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 new May 2015 Book titled Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics.  This book is priced at $1 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.

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 .

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Before  --- A Young Man in Fall 1988 (1st day of graduate school)


After ---  A Middle Aged Man