Matthew Cole

Matthew Cole

Business School
Interim Dean of Birmingham Business School
Professor of Environmental Economics

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Matt Cole is an environmental economist whose research examines the relationships between economic development and the natural environment, with a particular focus on issues relating to international trade, air pollution, health and biodiversity. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous book contributions.  His work has received over 12,500 career citations on Google Scholar and has an h-index of 46. Matt is a Co-Editor of one of the leading international journals in his field, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the ESRC Peer Review College.

Qualifications

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

Biography

Co-Editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

 

Teaching

Current teaching:

ECON110B Sustainable Development

ECONG46D Environmental Economics

Postgraduate supervision

Research

Matthew's research interests lie at the intersection of Environmental Economics, Development Economics and International Economics. Current topics include pollution offshoring, pollution and health, the economics of biodiversity, and environmental inequality.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR & Strobl, E 2021, 'Biodiversity and economic land use', Land Economics, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 281-304. https://doi.org/10.3368/le.97.2.281

Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR, Okubo, T & Zhang, L 2021, 'Importing, outsourcing and pollution offshoring', Energy Economics, vol. 103, 105562. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2021.105562

Carneiro, J, Cole, M & Strobl, E 2021, 'The effects of air pollution on students’ cognitive performance: evidence from Brazilian university entrance tests', Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1051-1077. https://doi.org/10.1086/714671

Cole, M, Ozgen, C & Strobl, E 2020, 'Air pollution exposure and Covid‑19 in Dutch municipalities', Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 581–610. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00491-4

Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR & Liu, B 2020, 'The Impact of the Wuhan Covid-19 lockdown on air pollution and health: a machine learning and augmented synthetic control approach', Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 553-580. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00483-4

Cole, M, Elliott, R, Okubo, T & Strobl, E 2019, 'Natural disasters and spatial heterogeneity in damages: the birth, life and death of manufacturing plants', Journal of Economic Geography, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 373–408. https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbx037

Cole, M, Maddison, D & Zhang, L 2019, 'Testing the emission reduction claims of CDM projects using the Benford’s Law', Climatic Change. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02593-5

Cole, M & Zhang, L 2019, 'The clean-up of Chinese manufacturing: examining the role played by changing techniques of production', Economics Letters, vol. 180, pp. 11-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2019.03.030

Cole, M, Elliott, R, Occhiali, G & Strobl, E 2018, 'Power outages and firm performance in Sub-Saharan Africa', Journal of Development Economics, vol. 134, pp. 150-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.05.003

Cole, M, Elliott, R & Zhang, L 2017, 'Foreign Direct Investment and the Environment: A Review of the Literature', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 42, pp. 465-487. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-060916

Cole, MA, Elliott, R, Okubo, T & Strobl, E 2017, 'Pre-disaster planning and post-disaster aid: examining the impact of the great East Japan earthquake', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 21, pp. 291-302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.12.015

Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR & Strobl, E 2014, 'Climate change, hydro-dependency, and the African dam boom', World Development, vol. 60, pp. 84-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.03.016

Cole, MA, Elliott, RJR & Okubo, T 2014, 'International environmental outsourcing', Review of World Economics, vol. 150, no. 4, pp. 639-664. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10290-014-0193-6

Chapter

Cole, M & Lucchesi, A 2014, Economic Growth and the Environment. in Handbook of Sustainable Development . 2 edn, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Other report

Shi, Z, Liu, B, Cheng, K, Elliott, R, Cole, M & Bryson, J 2022, Quantifying the impact of clean air policy interventions for air quality management. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00004040, https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00004040

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