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Schwoerer works on economic analysis of impact of studded tires on pavement in Alaska

New research from ISER’s Tobias Schwoerer, senior research professional, UAA’s Civil Engineering Department and the Alaska State Department of Transportation show that studded tire use in Alaska costs $13.7 million a year and reduces the asphalt surface life between 7 and 9 years, depending on traffic, location, […]

2019-10-10T13:38:34-08:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Guettabi provides presentation on economic impact of Governor’s vetoes

ISER’s Mouhcine Guettabi gave a presentation on the economic impacts of Governor Dunleavy’s veto of $409M from the state budget at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s “Make it Monday,” telling the audience that employment losses from cuts will exceed any gains that have been realized during Alaska’s fragile economic […]

2019-07-30T14:25:10-08:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Guettabi provides context on Dunleavy vetoes — to speak at Make It Monday about impact on economy

ISER’s Mouhcine Guettabi provides context on the Governor Dunleavy’s vetoes and their potential impact on the Alaska economy in a series of tweets, showing that just the University of Alaska direct cuts, without accounting for all other line item vetoes (Medicaid, K-12, seniors, debt reimbursement, etc) essentially pushes the […]

2019-07-30T14:25:40-08:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Goldsmith talks about increased construction with APRN

Scott Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus of Economics at ISER, spoke with Abbey Collins of Alaska Public Radio Network last week about increased construction spending in Alaska, particularly increases in petroleum and national defense spending. These increases, along with spending as a result of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in November, are contributing to what Goldsmith estimates to be about  a 10% increase in construction spending over 2018.  Goldsmith's estimates of spending by sector are available in the 16th annual construction forecast, prepared for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

2019-06-20T13:54:56-08:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

What we know about the effect of the PFD on socio-economic well-being and what more we could learn

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 […]

2019-07-30T14:26:42-08:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

ISER director discusses Alaska economy, demographics and state budget

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, […]

2019-06-11T13:17:18-08:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend significantly decreases obesity among Alaskan children

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. […]

2019-07-30T14:28:06-08:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Guettabi provides economic outlook at Alaska Economic Summits

There are positive signs that the recession is coming to an end, with a slight growth in jobs during January and February 2019, but the recovery is fragile and will be sensitive to changes in oil prices and budget cuts, Mouhcine Guettabi, associate professor of Economics and ISER […]

2019-04-25T15:19:30-08:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Guettabi provides economic overview of governor’s budget to legislative finance committees

Mouhcine Guettabi provided an economic overview and answered questions concerning the impact of the governor’s proposed budget to members of the Alaska State Senate and House Finance Committees on Thursday, March 7. […]

2019-03-08T10:22:42-08:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

PFD study shows little impact on crime, providing important research on universal income

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 […]

2019-02-15T09:52:15-08:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |
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