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July 23 Forum on the Oil-Tax Referendum

Posted on July 17th, 2014

In the primary election scheduled for August 19, Alaskans will vote on whether to keep or repeal the new state oil-production tax system, commonly known as Senate Bill (SB) 21. Alaska Common Ground and several co-sponsors (including ISER) are holding a forum on the oil-tax referendum on July 23, in the Wilda Marston Theatre of Anchorage’s Loussac Library, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.

Speaking in favor of repealing the new tax will be Bill Wielechowski, a state senator from Anchorage, and Gregg Erickson, a long-time Alaska economist. Supporting the new system will be Brad Keithley, an oil and gas policy consultant, and Roger Marks, a veteran petroleum economist. ISER’s director, Gunnar Knapp, will moderate the discussion.

Alaska Common Ground is a non-profit organization that brings Alaskans together to talk about Alaska public policy issues. For more information, go to www.akcommonground.org or call 907-952-3353.

Workshop June 27 on Model Used for Oil Tax Analysis

Posted on June 19th, 2014

Updated on June 27, 2014

On Friday, June 27, Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER, will host a technical workshop, open to the public, to discuss the model used in his recent analysis (pdf, 2.6MB) of future revenues under the state’s old method of taxing oil production, called ACES, and the new method that went into effect in January, known as SB21 or MAPA.

When: Friday, June 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. Parking is free on UAA campus this week.

Available for download:
Analysis (pdf, 2.6MB)
Analysis model (.xlsx, 234KB)
Presentation – May 1, 2014 (pdf, 3.95MB) to the Resource Development Council
Presentation – June 25, 2014 (pdf, 3.45MB) to Commonwealth North

If you are planning on attending the workshop, please RSVP by calling (907) 786-7710 so we know how many to expect.

Current and Future Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity in Alaska

Posted on May 30th, 2014

Treating medical problems related to obesity among the current group of children and teenagers in Alaska will cost about $624 million (in today’s dollars) over the next 20 years, according to a new analysis by Mouhcine Guettabi, assistant professor of economics at ISER. That includes costs for the 15% who are obese now, and will likely remain so as adults, as well as another 20% who aren’t obese now but will become obese as adults.  These are the first estimates of the medical costs associated with obesity among those ages 2 through 19 in Alaska today.

The study, Current and Future Medical Costs of Obesity in Alaska (pdf, 372.5KB), was done for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. If you have questions, get in touch with Mouhcine Guettabi at mguettabi@alaska.edu.

Indigenous Regulatory Advocacy in Canada’s Far North: Mobilizing the First Mile Connectivity Consortium

Posted on May 23rd, 2014

Heather Hudson, professor of public policy at ISER, is a co-author of an article about advocating for indigenous regulatory authority in Canada’s far north, recently published in the Journal of Information Policy. Download the article (pdf, 194.8KB).

How Do Community Characteristics and Alcohol Control Affect Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men?

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Suicide rates among Alaska Natives rose rapidly in the 1960s and have remained high since then, with the highest rate among young Alaska Native men living in Alaska’s small rural communities: 20 times the rate among Americans as a whole. But suicide rates among young Alaska Native men are considerably higher or lower in some small rural places than in others.  In a recent analysis, Matthew Berman, professor of economics at ISER, looked at how community living conditions—including local alcohol control—affect suicide rates among young Alaska Native men. Analyzing data from the period 1980 through 2007, he found that specific community characteristics were associated with either higher or lower risk of suicide.

Download the analysis, Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men: Community Factors and Alcohol Control (PDF, 561.5KB). It was published in the American Journal of Public Health. If you have questions, get in touch with Matthew Berman at matthew.berman@uaa.alaska.edu.

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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.
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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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