Professor Matthew Cole

Professor Matthew Cole

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

Contact details

Department of Economics
University of Birmingham
JG Smith Building
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


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. 



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

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.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R. and Zhang, L. (2017), Foreign Direct Investment and the Environment, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 42.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R. and Strobl, E. (2015). Climate Change, Hydro-dependency and the African Dam Boom. World Development, 60, pp. 84-98.

Albornoz, F.A., Cole, M.A., Elliott. R.J.R. and Ercolani, M. (2014), The environmental actions of firms: Examining the role of spillovers, networks and absorptive capacity, Journal of Environmental Management, 146, 150-163.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Okubo, T. (2014), International Environmental Outsourcing, Review of World Economics, 150, 4, pp. 639-664.

Cole, M.A., Elliott, R.J.R., Okubo, T. and Zhou, Y. (2013). The Carbon Dioxide Emissions of Firms: A Spatial Analysis. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 65, 2, pp. 290-309.

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