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Scott Goldsmith

Professor Emeritus, Economics
Work Phone: 907-786-7720


Research: regional economic analysis; Alaska fiscal analysis; energy and natural resources

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1972. BA, Economics, Princeton, 1967

Scott Goldsmith was on the economics faculty at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) from 1975 to 2013, and was also ISER’s director from 2001 to 2005. He is now a professor emeritus of economics at ISER, and continues to do selected research.

His research interests include regional economics, Alaska fiscal policy, and energy demand. He built several Alaska economic models that ISER uses for a variety of policy analyses and projections. From 2007 to 2016 he directed the ongoing research program Investing for Alaska’s Future, funded largely by a grant from Northrim Bank, which studies the implications for Alaska’s economic future of the dominant role of petroleum. His research results are regularly published in academic journals and ISER publications. He also frequently speaks to public and private organizations around Alaska.

Professor Goldsmith has done broad professional service to Alaska and the U.S. He served on the scientific advisory committee of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, and he formerly chaired the Anchorage Municipal Budget Advisory Commission. He also was on the Alaska Bypass Mail Post Office Task Force and the Child Support Enforcement Task Force.

In 2006 the received the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, which the University of Alaska Foundation awards annually for excellence in service to the University of Alaska.

Professor Goldsmith is a native of Chicago, graduated from Princeton, and served for two years in the Peace Corps in Borneo, before earning a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is married and has two grown daughters who live in Alaska.

Now that he is semi-retired, he plans to spend more time on his bicycle, both in Alaska and in other exotic locales.


Selected Publications:

  • “The Economic and Social Impacts of the Permanent Fund Dividend on Alaska,” in Exporting the Alaska Model, edited by Karl Wilderquist, Palgrave, 2012
  • “Estimating Future Costs for Alaska Public Infrastructure at Risk from Climate Change,” with Peter Larson et al., in Global Environmental Change, Spring 2008
  • “The Economy of the North,” contributing author, Statistics Norway, 2007
  • “The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend: An Experiment in Wealth Distribution,” in Promoting Income Security as a Right, ed. Guy Standing, Anthem Press, London, 2005
  • “Reflections on the Surplus Economy and the Alaska Permanent Fund” in Alberta’s Volatile Government Revenues; ed. L.S. Wilson, Institute of Public Economics, University of Alberta, 2002.
  • “Fiscal and Socioeconomic Impact of Marginal Oil Field Development in Alaska: Does It Pay Its Own Way?”, Journal of Energy Finance and Development, Vol. 2, Number 1 (1997).
  • “Implications of Oil Supply Uncertainty on a Small Oil-Producing Regional Economy, “OPEC Review, Winter 1992.

Alaska Business Monthly featured article: Scott Goldsmith by Shehla Anjum, July 31, 2015.