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ISER enhances the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making.

Fiscal Planning Model

Investigate for yourself the implications of different assumptions about state government revenues and fiscal policies. Download the model (Macro-enabled Excel File (.xlsm), 4.54MB) created by Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER.

ISER is recruiting for two tenure-track assistant/associate professors of economics, to do both scholarly research and public outreach, on issues important to Alaska.

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ISER Authors in Economic Development Journal

Posted on November 16th, 2015

A recent issue of the Economic Development Journal is devoted to articles about Alaska’s economy and includes three by ISER faculty members Gunnar Knapp, Bob Loeffler, and Mouhcine Guettabi. The journal is published by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and this issue was released ahead of IEDC’s annual conference, held in Anchorage in October. The articles by ISER faculty are now available on the ISER website, with permission of the publisher.

Resource Revenues and Fiscal Sustainability: Lessons of the Alaska Disconnect (PDF, 522.9KB), by Gunnar Knapp, ISER director and professor of economics

Mining and Sustainable Communities: A Case Study of the Red Dog Mine (PDF, 482KB), by Bob Loeffler, ISER visiting professor of public policy

The Determinants of Small Business Success in Alaska: A Focus on the Creative Class (PDF, 240.6KB), by Mouhcine Guettabi, ISER assistant professor of economics

Read more to find summaries of the articles.

November 13 Talk at ISER, 12 to 1

Posted on November 4th, 2015

Yakutia: Its People, Culture, and Economy—and the Role of Air Transportation in Its Future Development

Olga Faizulina is a Fulbright visiting researcher and PhD student in economics from Yakutia, in Russia (see map). She is studying at ISER this year, analyzing how air transportation policy influences economic development and sustainability of small rural communities in Alaska. She will first briefly describe the people, culture, and economy of Yakutia, and then discuss in more detail her previous research on the air transportation system in northern Russia.


Monday, October 26: Heather Hudson Discusses New Book at Consortium Library

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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Heather Hudson will discuss her new book, Connecting Alaskans: Telecommunications in Alaska from Telegraph to Broadband, on Monday, October 26, from 5 to 7 in Room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Dr. Hudson is an affiliate professor of communications policy at ISER and was ISER's director from 2010 to 2012. This is a UAA Campus Bookstore event, and it is free and open to the public.

Connecting Alaskans, published by the University of Alaska Press in September 2015, describes the history of extending communication services—telephone, radio, television, and the Internet—throughout rural Alaska. The book analyzes successful policies and strategies to serve Alaska’s remote regions, and describes how Alaskans’ innovation, advocacy, and persistence helped connect more than 200 isolated villages. It also discusses the role of telecommunications in Alaska’s rural development.

Free parking for this event is in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot , and the East Garage (see map). For more information, get in touch with Rachel Epstein at 907-786-4782 or repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu.

Alaska Veterans Needs Assessment

Posted on October 5th, 2015

About 1 in 7 adult Alaskans is a military veteran, and veterans are eligible for federal and state services ranging from health care to special license plates. A new report, Alaska Veterans Needs Assessment, describes how much veterans know about the available services and what improvements they'd like to see in service delivery. The report authors are ISER researchers Mouhcine Guettabi, an assistant professor of economics, and Rosyland Frazier, a research associate.

They did the research for the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs, and their findings are based on survey responses of nearly 600 veterans; focus groups of women veterans and disabled veterans; and interviews with people in organizations that help veterans apply for services. They found that veterans want less delay and more help in enrolling for benefits, as well as more frequent and easily accessible information about the available benefits—and any changes in benefits. But they want that information tailored to younger and older veterans and to men and women veterans, who have different needs. Veterans suggested that agencies hold seminars to explain specific benefits, send monthly or quarterly electronic newsletters, and make it simpler to find specific benefit information on federal and state web sites.

Download the report, Alaska Veterans Needs Assessment (PDF, 661.3 KB). If you have questions, get in touch with Rosyland Frazier at 907-786-5432 or rrfrazier@alaska.edu.

Try Out the Balancing-Alaska’s-Budget Game on September 29

Posted on September 25th, 2015

Want to practice balancing the state budget in a variety of ways? Want to see how a particular strategy might play out? At lunchtime on Tuesday, September 29, we will set up the Balancing-Alaska's-Budget game in the ISER conference room so anyone can try balancing what the state spends and how to pay for it. Alaska Common Ground and ISER unveiled the game at a recent forum on Alaska's fiscal and economic future. It explains our current state budget crisis in a hands-on and understandable way, with a spinning wheel, scales, and blocks. There won't be any formal talk, but Cliff Groh, chair of Alaska Common Ground, and Bob Loeffler, visiting professor of public policy at ISER, will be there to help the players. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, September 29, 12 to 1
Where: 1901 Bragaw Street, third floor, ISER conference room

1901 Bragaw Street is about two blocks from the intersection of Northern Lights Boulevard and Bragaw Street. Parking will be limited, because an area of the parking lot is blocked off for construction. Do not park in the adjacent parking lot for East High School; the school district can have your car towed. Call 907-786-7710 if you have questions.

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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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