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Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices

Gunnar Knapp describes the fiscal challenge Alaska faces and options for dealing with it. (PDF, 1.87MB)

(Updated February 2nd, 2016)

Watch Gunnar Knapp describe Alaska's budget crisis in 9 minutes.

Fiscal Planning Model

Investigate for yourself the implications of different assumptions about state government revenues and fiscal policies. Download the model (Macro-enabled Excel File (.xlsm), 4.54MB) created by Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at ISER.

Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options

Download Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options (PDF, 4.3MB), by Gunnar Knapp, Matthew Berman, and Mouhcine Guettabi.

Presentation (PDF, 2.3MB) to Senate Finance Committee on March 30, 2016.

ISER is taking applications for the position of director. The director's responsibilities include leading strategic planning, generating external funding, coordinating research, and supervising 40 faculty members, research professionals, and administrative staff.

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ISER Hires Two Faculty Economists

Posted on April 5th, 2016

ISER has hired two new assistant professors of economics, Andrew Bibler and Kevin Berry. Andrew Bibler will receive a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University this spring, and will start work at ISER in August 2016. He has a strong background in applied econometrics, program evaluation, and education policy. Kevin Berry holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming. He will arrive at ISER in January 2017, bringing experience in bioeconomic modeling and dynamic systems.

Resumes: Andrew Bibler (PDF, 135KB) • Kevin Berry (PDF, 127KB)

Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options

Posted on March 30th, 2016

The final report, Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options (PDF, 4.3MB), by Gunnar Knapp, Matthew Berman, and Mouhcine Guettabi, is now available for downloading. It replaces all earlier versions. Also available is a presentation (PDF, 2.3MB) by Gunnar Knapp, for the Alaska Senate Finance Committee on March 30, 2016, discussing the Alaska economy as well as the report findings.

Research Matters No. 98: The Growing Number of Alaska Children in Foster Care, 2011-2015

Posted on March 16th, 2016

Nearly 2,700 Alaska children were in foster care in any given month of 2015—20% more than in 2014. More children of all races, all ages, and all regions of the state were in foster care in 2015. But the fastest growth was among White and other non-Native children; among the youngest children; and among children in Anchorage. These are among the findings of a new paper by Diwakar Vadapalli and Jessica Passini that reports on trends among Alaska children in foster care from 2011 through 2015.

Download the paper, The Growing Number of Alaska Children in Foster Care, 2011-2015 (PDF, 2.0MB). If you have questions, get in touch with Diwakar Vadapalli, assistant professor of public policy, at dkvadapalli@alaska.edu or 907-891-6686.

Research Matters No. 97: 2016 Construction Spending Forecast

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Total construction spending in Alaska will be about $7.3 billion in 2016, down 18% from last year’s $8.9 billion. That drop can be traced to the recent steep decline in oil prices, after several years of very high prices. Those high oil prices had stimulated construction spending throughout the state economy, especially in the oil and gas sector and in state government. Those are among the findings of the new 2016 Construction Spending Forecast, prepared by Scott Goldsmith and Pamela Cravez of ISER for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Many sectors of the economy will see drops in construction spending, particularly the oil and gas sector, which had record spending in 2015. But spending in some sectors will be up or the same as last year. Spending for national defense projects will be up 27%, and spending by basic industries other than oil and gas (tourism, seafood, air cargo, and timber) will be up 39%. Spending for highways and roads will be the same as in 2015, as will spending by the mining industry.

Download the report, 2016 Alaska Construction Spending Forecast (PDF, 1.6MB). If you have questions, get in touch with Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics, at osgoldsmith@uaa.alaska.edu.

Gunnar Knapp Receives Marine Research Award

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director and a long-time fisheries economist, has received the 2016 Marine Research Award, from the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. It is one of several Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards the center awards annually to those who contribute, in various ways, to awareness about and sustainability of Alaska’s marine resources. The Marine Research Award is given specifically for “an original breakthrough contribution to any field of scientific knowledge about Alaska’s oceans.” Dr. Knapp was recognized for the extensive research he has done over more than 25 years, looking at fisheries management and seafood markets in Alaska and elsewhere, and for the relationships he has built with people in all sectors of the seafood industry. The award is sponsored by Dr. Clarence Pautzke and Dr. Maureen McCrea.

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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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