News and Announcements
Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi, recently released his report, A simple decomposition of Alaska’s labor force participation rate, which details his research surrounding the steady decline in the percentage of people working or seeking employment over the past two decades in Alaska and the implications of that downslide. Understanding these trends and the causes contributing to them is critical for managing and avoiding consequences to economic growth and development, tax revenues, and government services. He also weighs the use of unemployment rate as an indicator of economic health within a region and [...]
Institute of Social and Economic Research Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi, is to participate on an upcoming panel to follow up on the forum earlier this year, The Costs of Alaska’s Economic Roller Coaster, which examined and discussed the costs of a start-and-stop economy and the benefits of a stable source of state income. The Alaska Common Ground event, What kind of Alaska do we want?, will be moderated by Thea Agnew Bemben, principal and founding partner of Agnew::Beck Consulting, and take place on Tuesday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 49th State [...]
The Institute for Social and Economic Research’s Dr. Tobias Schwoerer was recently featured on SeafoodSource.com to discuss elodea and its risk to Alaska’s sockeye salmon fisheries. […]
Researchers from ISER's Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) shared work evaluating Alaska's response to the opioid crisis at the recent meeting of the American Evaluation Association held in Minneapolis, MN. Bridget Hanson presented about the methodology used for recent key informant interviews with individuals who had administered naloxone in a talk titled "'Please tell us about a time you administered naloxone': Maximizing data collection opportunities with challenging informants." She also presented "Policy evaluation during the opioid epidemic," highlighting the challenges of such efforts. Jodi Barnett presented a poster titled "Promoting a coordinated multi-site evaluation for community-based opioid prevention [...]
Visualizing Economic Connections among Fisheries: A New Tool for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Anyone who has seen a food web of a marine ecosystem has seen a model in which little fish eat plankton, medium-sized fish eat little fish, and the biggest fish eat everything else. A food web is a familiar way to conceptualize the ecological connectivity of marine species. In a paper titled “Defining the Economic Scope for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management”, and published this year in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we pose and examine the question: could a parallel model be used to conceptualize economic connectivity and explore the management implications of policy choices?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced it would award $18.3 million across 16 projects to researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2) program. The NSF explains, “CNH2 supports research that advances a basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions within and among the environmental and human components of these systems.” Included in the 16 projects awarded is CNH2-L: Eco-social interactions influencing human exposure to ticks and the Lyme disease agent in anthropogenic landscapes for which the Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Assistant Professor of Economics, Kevin Berry, is [...]