INSTITUTE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Area of Expertise: environmental economics; environmental regulation; urban growth; environment; consumer behavior; emissions; global warming
Matthew Kahn, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is an expert on the costs and benefits of environmental regulation. An environmental economist, he comments regulary on the relationship between consumer and institutional behavior and environmentalism, as well as the environmental consequences of urban growth and related quality-of-life issues.
Kahn, who holds joint appointments in the UCLA departments of public policy and economics and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, has published widely in the fields of urban and environmental economics, including research related to public transit, sprawl, real estate and energy.
His recent work has included cost-benefit analyses of attempts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, such as California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32. Other research has examined the relationship between international trade and environmental quality, the legislative response to environmental disasters and the effect of economic conditions on the public's interest in environmental issues.
He is the author of the 2010 book "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future," which argues that free market capitalism led to global warming but will also help cities adapt. He also is the author of the 2006 book "Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment."
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