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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)


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.