2013 Alaska Construction Spending Forecast

The estimated value of construction spending in Alaska in 2013 will be about $8.4 billion, up 8% from spending in 2012. That’s according to the 2013 Alaska Construction Spending Forecast, prepared by Scott Goldsmith and Mouhcine Guettabi of ISER for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. More spending in the oil and gas sector will account for most of the growth. Also adding to expected growth in the coming year are a large state capital budget for fiscal year 2013 and $453 million in general obligation bonds voters approved for transportation projects in the November 2012 election.

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Trends in Alaska and World Salmon Markets

Gunnar Knapp, ISER director and professor of economics, recently talked to the Alaska Legislature about trends in Alaska and world salmon markets. Read his presentation to learn about how salmon markets are changing, what’s driving the changes, and what the future might hold.

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Lunchtime Talk: Community Colleges—Opening or Closing Doors for Students?

Joanna Karet is a new member of the research faculty at the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, which was established as part of ISER in 2010. She will talk about her findings on whether attending two-year community colleges encourages or discourages students from going on to get four-year or advanced degrees. Existing qualitative research has indicated that attending community colleges causes many students to lower their goals. Dr. Karet has developed a quantitative model to predict educational achievement for students who begin their college education at two-year or four-year institutions.

When: Thursday, February 14, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Diplomacy Building, fifth floor

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