Matthew Kahn

AREAS OF INTEREST

Economics
Environment
Urban Redevelopment

RECENT BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future
We have released the genie from the bottle: climate change is coming, and there’s no stopping it. The question, according to Matthew Kahn, is not how we’re going to avoid a hotter future but how we’re going to adapt to it. In Climatopolis, Kahn, one of the world’s foremost experts on the economics of the environment, argues that cities and regions will adapt to rising temperatures over time, slowly transforming our everyday lives as we change our behaviors and our surroundings. Taking the reader on a tour of the world’s cities— from New York to Beijing to Mumbai—Kahn’s clear-eyed, engaging, and optimistic message presents a positive yet realistic picture of what our urban future will look like.
Professor, Institute of the Environment, Department of Public Policy, Department of Economics
Public Policy
Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago (1993); G.C. London School of Economics (1987); B.A. Hamilton College (1988) .
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Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic 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. 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). His research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics. More information on Matthew Kahn.

Recent Media Coverage and Accolades:

Matthew Kahn has been busy presenting at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, New York University Rudin Center, The World Bank, the Denver American Economic Association Conference, the London School of Economics, and on numerous radio appearances such as the American Public Media, Vox Talks (UK), and KALW San Francisco. His article "Celebrating $4 Gas" was in the Harvard Business Review in CNNMoney.com, and in the New York Times. The prolific writer and

Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn regularly contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times on topics including the non-organic Egg McMuffin and a cost/benefit of California’s Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. In addition, his studies─ on topics ranging from energy conservation to household carbon emissions in Chinese cities compared to U.S. cities─ were highlighted in The New York Times, The Economist, and American Public Radio, among others. Follow his popular blog here.

Impact and Civic Engagement:

  • Co-Editor of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, effective July 1, 2009
  • Board of Editors, Journal of Housing Economics, December 2009
  • Editorial Council for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, February 2009
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Regional Science 2003-, special editor of the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Regional Science on environmental issues
  • Co-Editor of Journal of Regional Science 2007-2008.
  • Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics 2004-
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Urban Economics 2007-
  • California Air Resources Board Research Screening Committee, October 2008
  • University of California Energy Institute, Intercampus Advisory Committee
  • National Science Foundation multidisciplinary advisory panel that will examine environment related proposals submitted for the FY 2008 Human and Social Dynamics competition.
  • California Air Resources Board's External Review of the Economic Effects of AB32

Matthew Kahn

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Professor, Institute of the Environment, Department of Public Policy, Department of Economics
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Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago (1993); G.C. London School of Economics (1987); B.A. Hamilton College (1988) .
Bio: 

Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic 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. 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). His research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics. More information on Matthew Kahn.

Recent Media Coverage and Accolades:

Matthew Kahn has been busy presenting at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, New York University Rudin Center, The World Bank, the Denver American Economic Association Conference, the London School of Economics, and on numerous radio appearances such as the American Public Media, Vox Talks (UK), and KALW San Francisco. His article "Celebrating $4 Gas" was in the Harvard Business Review in CNNMoney.com, and in the New York Times. The prolific writer and

Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn regularly contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times on topics including the non-organic Egg McMuffin and a cost/benefit of California’s Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. In addition, his studies─ on topics ranging from energy conservation to household carbon emissions in Chinese cities compared to U.S. cities─ were highlighted in The New York Times, The Economist, and American Public Radio, among others. Follow his popular blog here.

Impact and Civic Engagement:

  • Co-Editor of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, effective July 1, 2009
  • Board of Editors, Journal of Housing Economics, December 2009
  • Editorial Council for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, February 2009
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Regional Science 2003-, special editor of the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Regional Science on environmental issues
  • Co-Editor of Journal of Regional Science 2007-2008.
  • Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics 2004-
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Urban Economics 2007-
  • California Air Resources Board Research Screening Committee, October 2008
  • University of California Energy Institute, Intercampus Advisory Committee
  • National Science Foundation multidisciplinary advisory panel that will examine environment related proposals submitted for the FY 2008 Human and Social Dynamics competition.
  • California Air Resources Board's External Review of the Economic Effects of AB32
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