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Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices

Gunnar Knapp describes the fiscal challenge Alaska faces and options for dealing with it. (PDF, 1.87MB)

(Updated February 2nd, 2016)

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.

See full job announcement.

Learn about talks candidates are giving at ISER and CBPP.

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Survey of Floatplane Pilots

Posted on January 5th, 2016

Updated February 4, 2016

Researchers at ISER and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources are surveying floatplane pilots, to collect information that will help state and federal resource managers protect remote lakes and streams from invasive plants.

Learn more about this survey.

Note: This post is not the survey. If you received a letter from us, please enter the personalized link you are provided with into the URL address field of your Internet browser (usually in the top left corner of the browser window). It should look similar to: http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/A#### (where the # is your personalized ID). Do NOT enter this link into google search or the search field of your browser.

You are in the right place when you see the survey and a personalized greeting containing your first and last name.

February 10 Talk at ISER, 12 to 1

Posted on February 8th, 2016

Meet the Candidates for ISER Faculty Economist: Andrew Bibler

ISER has been recruiting for two new faculty economists, and Andrew Bibler is one of six finalists for those positions. He will receive a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University in May 2016. His research interests include the economics of labor and education, and his dissertation research is assessing the effect of dual-language schooling on student achievement.

February 8 Talk at ISER, 12 to 1

Posted on February 5th, 2016

Meet the Candidates for ISER Faculty Economist: Zhenhua Chen

ISER has been recruiting for two new faculty economists, and Zhenhua Chen is one of six finalists for those positions. He holds a Ph.D. In public policy and a master’s degree in economics. His research interests include transportation planning and policy and public finance. He has, for example, used computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling to assess the effects on regional economic growth of public investments in infrastructure.

Meet the Candidates for ISER Faculty Economist: Meiping Sun

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

ISER has been recruiting for two new faculty economists, and several finalists for those positions will be visiting UAA in February. Meiping Sun will receive her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University this spring. Her research has been mainly in the fields of applied microeconomics and public economics. She talked at ISER on February 5, discussing her findings on how restrictions on alcohol sales in some Texas jurisdictions affect the birth weight of babies born in those jurisdictions.

Research Matters No. 97: 2016 Construction Spending Forecast

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Total construction spending in Alaska will be about $7.3 billion in 2016, down 18% from last year’s $8.9 billion. That drop can be traced to the recent steep decline in oil prices, after several years of very high prices. Those high oil prices had stimulated construction spending throughout the state economy, especially in the oil and gas sector and in state government. Those are among the findings of the new 2016 Construction Spending Forecast, prepared by Scott Goldsmith and Pamela Cravez of ISER for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Many sectors of the economy will see drops in construction spending, particularly the oil and gas sector, which had record spending in 2015. But spending in some sectors will be up or the same as last year. Spending for national defense projects will be up 27%, and spending by basic industries other than oil and gas (tourism, seafood, air cargo, and timber) will be up 39%. Spending for highways and roads will be the same as in 2015, as will spending by the mining industry.

Download the report, 2016 Alaska Construction Spending Forecast (PDF, 1.6MB). If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics, at osgoldsmith@uaa.alaska.edu.

Gunnar Knapp Receives Marine Research Award

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director and a long-time fisheries economist, has received the 2016 Marine Research Award, from the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. It is one of several Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards the center awards annually to those who contribute, in various ways, to awareness about and sustainability of Alaska’s marine resources. The Marine Research Award is given specifically for “an original breakthrough contribution to any field of scientific knowledge about Alaska’s oceans.” Dr. Knapp was recognized for the extensive research he has done over more than 25 years, looking at fisheries management and seafood markets in Alaska and elsewhere, and for the relationships he has built with people in all sectors of the seafood industry. The award is sponsored by Dr. Clarence Pautzke and Dr. Maureen McCrea.

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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.
George Rogers

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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