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

I have been a public policy researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) of the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1975 and was ISER's director from 2001 to 2005. ISER is within the College of Business and Public Policy, where I have a joint appointment in the Department of Economics. My primary research interests are in these areas:

Regional Economic Analysis. I am responsible for the operation, maintenance,and updating of several models frequently used to analyze various aspects of the Alaska economy--an econometric model, an economic base model, and an input-output model. Financial support for the construction and maintenance of these models has come from the National Science Foundation, the State of Alaska, the US Department of Interior, and others.

Alaska Fiscal Analysis. I conduct policy oriented research on the particular fiscal problems of an economy dependent upon the petroleum industry. Much of this work has appeared in the Fiscal Policy Paper series published by ISER since 1992.

Energy and Natural Resources. I conduct analyses of Alaska energy demand, resource valuation studies, and studies of the oil and other energy supply industries.

Short Resume

Previous Positions
  • Associate Professor, ISER, 1980-1985
  • Assistant Professor, ISER, 1975-1980
  • Staff Economist, NIKA Corporation, 1975
  • Research Assistant, Environmental Defense Fund, 1973
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin 1973
  • US Peace Corps Volunteer, Sarawak, Malaysia, 1967-1969
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).
Research Activities
  • Rural Alaska economic structure
  • Long economic cycles and sustainability in natural resource dependent economies.
  • Policy considerations in comparisons of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and a state personal income tax.
  • Alaska Economic Structure

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