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Kahn, Matthew


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Department of Economics
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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1988-1993.          University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Economics.
1986-1987.          London School of Economics, G.C. in Economic History.
1984-1988.          Hamilton College, B.A. in Economics

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.  

China-Related Publications

Working Papers

  • Urban Agglomeration and Local Economic Growth in China: The Role of New Industrial Parks (joint with Sun and Wu and Zheng)
  • Self-Protection Investment Exacerbates Air Pollution Exposure Inequality in Urban China (joint with Zheng and Sun)
  • Effects of Environmental Regulation in China: Industrial Relocation and Water Pollution in the Yangtze River Basin (joint with Zhao Chen, Yu Liu, and Zhi Wang)
  • A New Era of Sustainable Growth in Urban China? commissioned for the Journal of Economic Perspectives  (joint with Zheng)
  • The Mood in China (joint with Zheng)


October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.

October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.