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Lunchtime Talk: It Pays to be a Man: Rewards for Leaders in a Coordination Game

Posted on November 2nd, 2017

Philip Grossman, this semester’s Rasmuson Chair of Economics at UAA, will talk about his recent work in experimental economics—looking at gender differences in the effectiveness of leaders, and in how followers assess the effectiveness of leaders. His experiment involved having people decide how much of a bonus to award men and women who gave them the identical investment advice. The results suggest that among equally effective leaders, women are assessed less positively and rewarded less generously than men. Join us at ISER to learn more about Dr. Grossman's research.

When: Thursday, November 9, 12 to 1
Where: ISER conference room, third floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301

CBHRS and the Alaska Department of Corrections to Hold December Workshops

Posted on November 1st, 2017

The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services at ISER and the Alaska Department of Corrections will hold workshops December 6, 7, and 8, with presentations on treatment and therapeutic interventions for sex offenders with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities. The workshops will be held in Room 106 at UAA's Gorsuch Commons, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all three days. The last day for registration is December 4. For more information on the workshops and registration costs, go to http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/cbhrs/home/training.php.

October 23 Talk at Anchorage Museum
Managing Risk from Invasive Species: Elodea, Alaska’s First Aquatic Invasive Plant

Posted on October 16th, 2017

The problem of invasive species is still in the early stages in Alaska, but a number of them are here. They can crowd out local species and damage ecosystems—and also create economic costs. In a talk at the Anchorage Museum that’s free and open to the public, Tobias Schwörer, a senior research professional at ISER, will help Alaskans understand the risks invasive species pose.

He'll talk about his recent research linking biology and economics to analyze the potential harm that elodea, Alaska's first aquatic invasive plant, creates for Alaska’s environment and economy. The talk is sponsored by the Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pests Management and UAF's Cooperative Extension Service. Come to the museum and learn about elodea and the risks it brings to Alaska.

When: Monday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street

Lunchtime Talk. Chinese Consumers’ Preference for Alaska Salmon: Does It Make a Difference to Tell Respondents Their Answers Might Influence Policy?

Posted on September 19th, 2017

Surveys often ask people to assign a value to some specific thing, by estimating how much they’d be willing to pay for it. But there can be a difference between what people say they would pay, and what they would pay, if they actually had to buy something. Economists call this “hypothetical bias,” and they try various ways to overcome it. One way is telling respondents their answers are consequential—that is, their answers can potentially influence actions of agencies or organizations.

Qiujie “Angie” Zheng, an associate professor of economics at UAA, incorporated this notion of consequentiality in a choice experiment in 2015. She worked with colleagues in other U.S. and Chinese universities to survey more than 1,000 shoppers at supermarkets in three Chinese cities, to assess their willingness to pay for Alaska salmon. Currently, little Alaska salmon is available in China.

Join us at ISER to hear what Dr. Zheng learned about Chinese consumers' perceptions about Alaska salmon, and how they value specific characteristics of that salmon.

When: Friday, September 22, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301

Note: This talk will not be streamed or recorded.

Lunchtime Talk: Valuing Residential Energy Efficiency in the Anchorage Real Estate Market

Posted on September 14th, 2017

Alaska households on average use more energy—and spend more for it—than households nationwide. But making houses more energy-efficient can reduce both how much energy Alaskans use and how much they spend for it. Also, making houses more energy-efficient may increase their sales price, if the energy savings are capitalized into the value of the houses.

Dominique Pride, a postdoctoral fellow at UAF's Alaska Center for Energy and Power, will talk about the results of two studies investigating the relationship between energy efficiency and single-family home prices in the Anchorage real estate market.

We apologize that Dominique Pride's lunchtime talk did not live-stream as we had planned. A similar presentation she did, discussing her research on valuing energy-efficiency in the Anchorage residential market, is available below.

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