Matthew Kahn

of UCLA

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.  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 new book titled Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World has just been published by Basic Books (see climatopolis.com).   He blogs at http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Green-Economics

In my undergraduate environmental economics class at UCLA, I ask my students to discuss whether buying a Prius could increase their gasoline consumption and thus increase their greenhouse gas production.    David Owen would argue that it certainly could.  Suppose that I used to drive a vehicle that achieved only 25 MPG.  If gasoline is priced…

The recent World Energy Outlook report by the International Energy Agency tell us that global greenhouse gas emissions are growing dramatically in the developing world. By 2035, world energy demand is expected by 36 percent, and almost all of that new demand – 93 percent of it – is going to come from developing nations.…