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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.

Candidates for ISER Director

ISER has been recruiting for the job of director, and has now chosen four finalists who will be making presentations at ISER and UAA during May 2016. Read about and provide feedback on the candidates: Ralph Townsend, Robert Godby, Diane Hirshberg, and Maribeth Murray.

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A May 25 Follow-up Discussion: Opposing Views on State Fiscal Matters

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

Gunnar Knapp, ISER’s director, and Paul D. Kendall, an energy and political activist, met on May 10 for a wide-ranging discussion about state fiscal issues. This discussion is a follow-up to the first, and will be moderated by Cliff Groh, chair of Alaska Common Ground. The event itself is free and open to the public. But there is no free parking on the campus on May 25. Anyone planning to attend and park on campus must either have a UAA parking permit or use the pay-and-park meters located in UAA parking lots.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2:30 to 4:30
Where: Room 101, Rasmuson Hall, UAA

Download the announcement (PDF, 308KB).

A May 10 Discussion: Opposing Views on State Fiscal Matters

Posted on May 3rd, 2016

A Discussion about the Permanent Fund, PF Dividends, Taxes, and Spending and Revenue Options

After hearing ISER director Gunnar Knapp speak at a recent public forum on the state’s current fiscal crisis, Paul D. Kendall, an energy and political activist, asked him if he would be willing to take part in a more detailed discussion of the issues. Dr. Knapp agreed. He and Paul D. Kendall will be joined by Cliff Groh, chair of Alaska Common Ground, for a wide-ranging discussion about the state’s fiscal options. The event is free and open to the public, and there is no charge for parking on the UAA campus on May 10. Anyone planning to attend is welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Room 101, Rasmuson Hall, UAA

Download the announcement (PDF, 299KB).

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.

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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.
George Rogers

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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