News and Announcements
For the last 37 years, Alaska residents have received a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), but it is only recently that researchers have begun to analyze the effect of the PFD on the socio-economic well-being of Alaskans. In a new paper, Mouhcine Guettabi, associate professor of economics and ISER faculty, summarizes the research, including his own, on what is known of the PFD’s effect on employment, consumption, income inequality, health, and crime. While Guettabi provides an overview of what is known, he adds that there is significant room for improving our understanding of the PFD, especially its effect on education, health care [...]
Ralph Townsend, ISER director, gave presentations on Alaska’s economy and the state budget (PPTX, 701KB) to the Board of Directors of the Alaska Federation of Natives, CIRI’s Tikahtnu Forum and the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce in early May. Townsend’s main areas of discussion included employment and the state budget, the inter-relationship between the Earnings Reserve Account, Permanent Fund Dividend, and the state budget, and how changing demographics will shape Alaska’s future economy. […]
Dual enrollment programs provide access to college-level courses to high school students prior to graduation, often helping students become more successful in high school and easing their path to college. Between 2008 and 2017, University of Alaska (UA) dual enrollment programs experienced an 85% increase in student enrollment and, among those who graduated from high school, 41% went on to attend a UA institution within a year. Though UA dual enrollment programs have grown more representative, a persistent participation and performance gap exists for rural and Alaska Native students. […]
A new study of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) program shows that an additional $1,000 PFD decreases the probability of an Alaskan child being obese by as much as 4.5 percentage points, translating to about a 22% reduction in obesity. […]
David Riley, a PhD student at the University of Southampton, UK, will talk about the protocol he’s developed for comprehensive gas hydrate development in Alaska at a lunchtime talk Thursday, May 30, in ISER’s conference room. The protocol summarizes data from a range of sources and the positions of different stakeholder groups into one framework, allowing them to be more easily understood by any decision maker. Riley will discuss preliminary results that show there is no universal preference structure, even within stakeholder groups, and the and the implications of what he’s learned for future gas hydrate development in Alaska. Riley is [...]
Sarah Andrew, new director of University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay Campus, invited ISER’s Dayna DeFeo to deliver the keynote talk at the Bristol Bay Campus annual summit in Dillingham last month. Andrew called upon DeFeo, who directs ISER’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, to share research findings on how to better serve rural Alaska students, and to lead a discussion addressing difficult issues of equity, access, and privilege.