Matthew Berman

Professor of Economics

907-786-5426

matthew.berman@uaa.alaska.edu

Research: sustainable communities; social-ecological systems; political economy; alcohol-control policy

  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1977
  • MA, M. Phil., Economics, Yale University, 1974 . BA, Economics, Harvard College, 1972

I have been researching social science and public policy issues at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) since 1981. I first came to Alaska in 1978 as a Rockefeller Foundation post-doctoral fellow. ISER is part of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), where I have a joint appointment in the Department of Economics. For the 2006-2007 academic year, I was visiting at the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. My primary areas of interests include economic organization and non-market valuation. Research interests include:

  • Sustainable Communities: institutions and uncertainty, rural mixed economies
  • Natural Resources: social-ecological systems, spatial ecosystem services, political economy and institutions
  • Health and Safety: alcohol policy, aviation safety

I teach economics and interdisciplinary social science courses at UAA. Recent courses taught include industrial organization and public policy, comparative economic systems, petroleum economics and cost-benefit analysis. I also participate in a wide variety of professional service projects in the community. I previously served as president of the Alaska Chapter of the International Association for Energy Economics. When not in the office I am often found hiking or skiing in the backcountry near my home, or perhaps playing the violin.

Courses

Economics 310: Energy Economics

Short Résumé

Professor of Economics
Institute of Social and Economic Research
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Previous Positions
  • Associate Professor, ISER, 1986-1998
  • Assistant Professor, ISER, 1981-1986
  • Assistant Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1977-1981
  • Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Affairs, 1978-1979
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