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Matthew E. Kahn, Provost Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. 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.

A new ratings industry is emerging to help homebuyers assess climate risks

Matthew E. Kahn studies environmental economics, and in his recent book, “Adapting to Climate Change: Markets and the Management of an Uncertain Future”, he explores how the rise of Big Data will help people, firms and local governments make better decisions in the face of climate risks. He sees the emergence of a climate risk analysis industry for real estate as a promising development, but believe the federal government should set standards to ensure that it provides reliable, accurate information.

Subjects: Big Data, Business Research, Economy, Environmental Law, Financial System, KM