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Fiscal Planning Model Available for Downloading

Posted on January 13th, 2015

To help people better understand the fiscal challenges Alaska’s state government faces, Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER, has created an interactive planning model Alaskans and others can download and use to investigate for themselves the implications of different assumptions about state revenues and fiscal policies. Before opening the spreadsheet, users must first “enable macros.”

Download the model (Macro-enabled Excel File (.xlsm), 4.54MB)

Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2016 Update

Posted on January 14th, 2015

Alaska’s state government could spend $4.5 billion for general expenses this year and every year long into the future, without depleting the state’s petroleum assets. That’s the most recent estimate of sustainable General Fund spending by Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER. He began estimating that sustainable spending level in 2012, adjusting it annually with changes in the size of state petroleum assets. He currently estimates those assets (consisting of savings accounts and expected revenues from future petroleum production) at $135 billion.

Download Dr. Goldsmith’s entire paper, Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2016 Update and Model (Web Note No. 19) (PDF, 567.9KB). If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith at 907-786-7720 or osgoldsmith@Alaska.edu.

ISER publications are solely the work of individual authors and should be attributed to them, not to ISER, the University of Alaska Anchorage, or the research sponsors.

January 7 talk at ISER. Challenges and Choices: Understanding Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Posted on December 30th, 2014

Falling oil prices over the past several months have added to the fiscal challenge Alaska’s state government already faced: North Slope oil production, which has largely paid for government operations since the 1970s, is less than a third of what it once was. Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director, and Cliff Groh, the chair of Alaska Common Ground, are planning a series of presentations to help Alaskans understand the state’s fiscal situation.

Their presentations at ISER are the first in that series, and they encourage the audience to ask questions and offer suggestions for improvement. Gunnar Knapp describes the fiscal situation, providing an overview of the state’s revenues, expenditures, and savings. Cliff Groh discusses the challenges that situation poses and outline the options for dealing with them. They do not advocate for any specific option or course of action, but rather they hope to help set the stage for an informed discussion among Alaskans.

Research Matters No. 86. UAA Graduates: How Many Stay and Work in Alaska?

Posted on December 11th, 2014

More and more people have been graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the past decade. Do they stay in Alaska? What kinds of jobs do they have? How much do they earn?  A new analysis by ISER researchers Alexandra Hill, Gunnar Knapp, and Blake Steenhoven looks at those questions. They found that most graduates stay in Alaska at least five years after they graduate, they work throughout the economy, and by five years after they graduate their average earnings double. Around one-quarter of graduates do leave within a few years, but it looks as if they are no more likely than other Alaskans to leave the state.

ISER researchers did this work in cooperation with UAA’s Office of Institutional Research and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Download the report, UAA Graduates: How Many Stay and Work in Alaska? (PDF, 2.7MB) by Alexandra Hill, Gunnar Knapp, and Blake Steenhoven. If you have questions, get in touch with Gunnar Knapp at 907-786-7717 (gunnar.knapp@uaa.alaska.edu) or Alexandra Hill at 907-786-5436 (lexi.hill@gmail.com).

December 9 Talk at ISER. Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Do Adult Alaskans Report?

Posted on December 4th, 2014

Over the past 20 years, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies have linked a variety of health and social problems among adult Americans to neglect or abuse they experienced as children. Patrick Sidmore is a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board, and he has been a leader in analyzing ACE data for Alaska. At ISER he talks about the results of a 2013 survey documenting adverse childhood experiences among adult Alaskans, and the health, social, and economic consequences that can be traced to those experiences. Mr. Sidmore holds degrees in economics and management, as well as social work.

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To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey

To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey


Available for ordering now, with October 2012 publication date. To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey, by Victor Fischer, with Charles Wohlforth.

The George Rogers Emerging Scholars Fund

The George Rogers Emerging Scholars Fund was established at ISER in 2011 to encourage young scholars and promote research opportunities in Alaska. It honors the memory of George Rogers, an economist and guiding light of ISER for half a century.

Donate to the fund.
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Alaska Native Language Map A digital edition of the map, Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska, is now available. It is a joint project of the Alaska Native Language Center and ISER, based on ground-breaking Alaska Native language maps created by Michael E. Krauss in 1974 and 1982. Printed copies are available from ANLC.

An interactive version is also available on ISER's Alaskool website.

Download an informational flyer about the Indigenous People and Languages of Alaska map.
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