Scott Goldsmith

Professor Emeritus, Economics


Research: regional economic analysis; Alaska fiscal analysis; energy and natural resources

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1972. BA, Economics, Princeton, 1967

Professor Goldsmith was a faculty member of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) from 1975 to 2013 and Institute Director from 2001 to 2005.  ISER is a public policy research institute within the College of Business and Public Policy of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Professor Goldsmith's research interests include regional economics, Alaska fiscal policy, and energy demand. He has constructed several Alaska economic models which are regularly used at the Institute for a variety of policy analyses and projections. He currently directs the ongoing research program Investing for Alaska's Future, funded by a generous grant from Northrim Bank, which studies the implications of the dominance of petroleum for Alaska's economic future. Professor Goldsmith contributes the results of his research regularly to academic journals as well as to a more general audience through Institute publications and frequent speaking engagements.

Professor Goldsmith has been active in professional service to Alaska and the nation, having recently served on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was formerly chairman of the Anchorage Municipal Budget Advisory Commission, and served as a member of the Alaska Bypass Mail Post Office Task Force and the Child Support Enforcement Task Force.

In 2006 he was the recipient of the prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, presented annually by the University of Alaska Foundation.

Professor Goldsmith is a native of Chicago, graduated from Princeton, and earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison after serving for 2 years in the Peace Corps in Borneo. He is married and has two grown daughters who live in Alaska.

Now that he is "semi-retired," he hopes to spend more time on his bicycle, both in Alaska and in other exotic locales.

Selected Publications:
  • "Reflections on the Surplus Economy and the Alaska Permanent Fund" in Alberta's Volatile Government Revenues; ed. L.S. Wilson, Institute of Public Economics, University of Alberta, 2002.
  • "Fiscal and Socioeconomic Impact of Marginal Oil Field Development in Alaska: Does It Pay Its Own Way?", Journal of Energy Finance and Development, Vol. 2, Number 1 (1997).
  • "Implications of Oil Supply Uncertainty on a Small Oil-Producing Regional Economy, "OPEC Review, Winter 1992.
  • "Safe Landing: A Fiscal Strategy for the 1990s," Fiscal Policy Papers No. 7, ISER, 1992.
  • Regions and Resources: Strategies for Development, with Kresge et al., MIT Press, 1984.
  • "Market Allocation of Exhaustive Resources,"Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 82, Number 5, (1974).
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Alaska Business Monthly featured article: Scott Goldsmith by Shehla Anjum, July 31, 2015.

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