Professor Matthew Cole

Professor Matthew Cole

The Department of Economics
Deputy Dean of Birmingham Business School
Professor of Environmental Economics

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Matthew Cole's research Interests include Environmental Economics; Development Economics; International Economics (and the intersection of the three).


BA(Hons) Economics, MA Economics, PhD Economics (Nottingham)


Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management



Current teaching:

ECON110B Sustainable Development

ECONG46D Environmental Economics

Postgraduate supervision


Globalisation and the environment. More specifically, the impact of trade, economic growth and investment flows on the environment and the role played by differences in environmental regulations. Of particular interest are firm and industry level studies of economy-environment interactions, often in developing countries. 



Carneiro, J., Cole, M.A. and Strobl, E. (forthcoming). The Effects of Air Pollution on Students’ Cognitive Performance: Evidence from Brazilian University Entrance Tests. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R. and Strobl, E. (2021). Biodiversity and Economic Land Use. Land Economics, 97, 4. 

Cole, M.A., Ozgen, C. and Strobl, E. (2020). Air Pollution Exposure and Covid-19 in Dutch Municipalities. Environmental and Resource Economics76, 4, pp. 581-610.

Cole, M.A. and Zhang, L. (2019). The Clean-up of Chinese Manufacturing: Examining the Role Played by Changing Techniques of Production. Economics Letters, 180, pp. 11-14.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Okubo, T. and Strobl, E. (2019). Natural Disasters and Spatial Heterogeneity in Damages: The Birth, Life and Death of Manufacturing Plants. Journal of Economic Geography, 19, 2, pp. 373-408.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R, Occhiali, G., and Strobl, E. (2018). Power Outages and Firm Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Development Economics, 134, pp. 150-159.

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