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Within the first few weeks after the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is paid, substance-abuse incidents increase, while property crime decreases. On an annual basis, however, changes in criminal activity associated with the payment are small and estimated costs are a small portion of the total payment, according to a new analysis of the PFD by Brett Watson, Mouhcine Guettabi, and Matthew Reimer of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). In their recently accepted article, “Universal Cash and Crime,” by the Review of Economics and Statistics, Watson, Guettabi, and Reimer use their case study of the PFD and crime [...]
ISER’s Matt Reimer is co-author of a new paper on fisheries management released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). While ecosystem-based fisheries management incorporates ecological linkages between fisheries, the spillover economic impact of ecosystem-based management is less well-known. “If fishers consider multiple fisheries when deciding where, when, and how much to fish, there is a potential for management decisions in one fishery to generate spillover impacts in other fisheries,” according to Reimer and his co-authors, including researchers from Resources for the Future (RFF). Catch shares are a management tool used worldwide in high-value commercial fisheries, including several [...]
ISER’s Kevin Berry and former ISER Director and Professor Emeritus Gunnar Knapp gave presentations at the annual University of Washington-Fisheries Research Institute meeting with Bristol Bay salmon processors in Seattle, Washington, January 18. […]
Construction spending in Alaska this year will be around $7.2 billion, up 10% from last year. Excluding an estimated $200 million in spending attributable to the 2018 earthquake, spending will be $7 billion, up 8% from last year. The increase is primarily due to an increase in petroleum spending which will grow 13% to $2.7 billion and national defense spending which will also grow 13% to $700 million. Although most other sectors will also increase, their growth will be modest, partially due to the continuing recession and uncertainty surrounding the resolution of the state revenue shortfall. These estimates are from the [...]
ISER researcher and Alaska Public Health Association board member Katie Cueva shared evaluation findings (PDF, 513KB) from cancer education work with Alaska's Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHAPS) at the 2019 Alaska Health Summit in Anchorage, January 22-24. In the session, "The Relationship between Body Weight and Cancer Risk in Alaska," Dr. Cueva discussed how "learners'" end-of-module surveys in a CHAPS cancer education online program indicated that participating in an online cancer education module on physical activity, nutrition, and cancer, helped "learners" feel more comfortable talking about cancer in their communities, helped "learners" to talk about cancer more often with their patients, and supported "learners" to plan to reduce their own cancer risk by things like moving more and eating healthier. CHAPS is part of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
ISER’s Jennifer Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management, is part of the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network (IFKN), bringing together Indigenous leaders, community practitioners, and scholars (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) focused on research and community capacity related to food sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge. IFKN was initiated under a four-year National Science Foundation “research coordination network” grant under the direction of a research team at the University of Colorado and the University of Arizona. Schmidt’s role is to provide support as needed for ISER data to help with decision-making.