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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815748159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815748151
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Planetizen Top 10 Book of 2007" — Planetizen, 11/20/2006



" Green Cities is a welcome addition to the rising tide of academic research that examinies urban-environment interrelationships." — Environmental Conservation



"It is genuinely refershing to see a scholar of Kahn's stature make an area of research this comples and wide ranging so accessible and, for this reason, I believe that the book is certain to have a major impact." — Journal of Regional Science, 10/1/2007



"Green Cities offers an excellent introduction to some of the basic economic principles of resource use, a wealth of data addressing the relationship between income and environmental externalitites, and a strong argument for the benefits of the market." — The Journal of Environment and Development, 9/1/2007



"In a clear and straightforward manner, [Kahn] illuminates the complex relationship between humans and the environment and convincingly makes the case that growth can be expected to generate both positive and negative effects on environmental quality in cities." —Michele Betsill, Colorado State University, Global Environmental Politics



"Kahn has provided an important contribution to the analytical discourse on the greening of cities. He has successfully managed to present relatively esoteric economic methods for an informed policy audience within the span of a short paperback book, which is itself an achievement." —Saleem H. Ali, University of Vermont, Journal of the American Planning Association

About the Author

Matthew E. Kahn is a professor of economics at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has published widely in the fields of environmental and urban economics, including research on sprawl, public transit, and the costs and benefits of environmental regulation. He also blogs on environmental and urban economics at greeneconomics.blogspot.com.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Saleem Ali on April 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ecological planning of cities is now assumed by many regulators to be a win-win proposition and numerous initiatives on the "greening of cities" are taking shape across the world. No longer are Curitiba in Brazil or Chatanooga in Tennessee the outlier case studies that frequented so many conference presentations. Cities are greening through multiple pathways and Matthew Kahn's new book Green Cities, attempts to understand this trajectory through the lens of economic analysis. The book's theoretical core revolves around the concept of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) - an economic hypothesis that gained much currency in the nineteen nineties by suggesting that economic prosperity initially leads to environmental decline but that eventually a self-correction mechanism then leads to environmental controls. Kahn notes that he was led to write this book after reading the Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg's bestseller The Skeptical Environmentalist in which data that indirectly supported the EKC hypothesis was presented.

The author is, however, quite nuanced in his analysis and does not blithely support the Cornucopian view that self-correction will take place in all circumstances. He first delineates the key attributes of environmental quality in urban areas, based on a review of environmental economics literature. In particular, air quality, gasoline consumption and use of public transit are given prominence. The data suggests a compelling case for the EKC hypothesis for air and noise pollution. Cities that have passed a certain threshold of income tend to have more clean and less noisy surroundings per capita.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Mor on January 3, 2007
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This book was a relatively easy read but did a good job outlining the issues surrounding the green effort-both what has been done and what needs to be done-in metropolitan areas. I felt it was well written and engaging.
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More About the Author

Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, the Department of Public Policy, the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA School of Law. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the IZA. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. 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 2008). He is the author of Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World (Basic Books 2010). His research areas include; environmental, urban, energy and real estate economics.

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