Matthew E. Kahn focuses  his research on urban and environmental economics.

He is a Provost Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA.

From July 2019 to July 2021, he was the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of JHU’s 21st Century Cities Initiative. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA, Harvard, and Stanford. In the summer of 2013, he was the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore.

In January 2021, Johns Hopkins Press published his new book Unlocking the Potential of Post Industrial Cities (joint with Mac McComas). He also 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 early 2021, Yale University Press will publish his book titled Adapting to Climate Change.


Ph.D, Economics, University of Chicago
B.A., Economics, Hamilton College
G.C., Economic History, London School of Economics