Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner

Senior Fellow

Matthew Turner is a professor of economics at Brown University.  His research focuses on the economics of land use and transportation. Current projects investigate; the relationship between public transit and the growth of cities, whether ‘smart growth’ type development actually affects individual driving behavior, and how a federal government should structure disaster relief programs to encourage cost effective adaptation to climate change in cities. Recent projects examine the relationship between the extent of a city’s highway network and urban growth, total driving in the city, and patterns of trade. Professor Turner holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, a Ph. D. in economics from Brown University. His research appears in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies and Econometrica, and is regularly featured in the popular press.

Articles by Matthew Turner

Roads As Economic Development

Roads are a bedrock of the modern world, but recent research suggest that the “roads as economic development” policy deserves careful scrutiny.

Human Adaptation to Climate Change

Bozeman, Montana July 31 – August 2, 2010 Directed by Daniel Benjamin, Matthew Turner, and Matthew Kahn Agenda Papers Introduction A PERC Lone Mountain Forum titled…