• The 10 Most Important Things to Understand About Alaska's Economy

      Knapp, Gunnar (Alaska Business Publishing Company, 2002)
      Alaska's economy is changing with the times. What changes are occurring? And what are the most important things Alaskans should understand about our economy? This article appeared in the March 2002 edition of the Alaska Business Monthly magazine.
    • Alaska's Economy: The Challenge Ahead (British Petroleum Citizen Action Program)

      Goldsmith, Scott (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2012)
    • Alaska's Economy: The Challenge Ahead (Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce)

      Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2011
      This presentation includes information about employment and income from the Permanent Dividend Fund. Presented at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
    • The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge: Economic Importance

      Goldsmith, Scott; Brian, Jerry; Hill (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2003)
      In this regional economic assessment, we focus primarily on an economic significance analysis; we present a brief economic impact analysis as well. Both are useful for policy analysis, but each measures a different dimension of economic activity. The economic significance of a refuge is a measure of the total number of jobs and the total household income generated by expenditures associated with the management of each refuge, by expenditures of refuge visitors, and by expenditures for the harvest and other use of refuge resources. In Alaska these expenditures directly create jobs for Fish and Wildlife Service employees, for people employed in businesses serving the recreation industry, and for commercial fishermen. Additional jobs are created by expenditures of the Fish and Wildlife Service and by businesses for procuring supplies and services. As these government and private sector workers spend their incomes, jobs in other sectors of the economy are created through a process known as the multiplier effect. The total number of jobs created by expenditures for management and use of the refuge is consequently greater than just the number directly created. The purpose of this study is to develop a regional economic assessment of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska. This assessment will be used to help update the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the refuge, as required under section 304 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
    • Tax Cap 2000: Five Economic Studies

      Goldsmith, Scott; Hill, Alexandra (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2000)
      Passage of the tax cap would result in a substantial shift in purchasing power away from local government toward households, the federal government, state government, certain businesses, and non-residents. It would reduce the cost of owning property and impact the price of real estate. It would change the way local government finances public services. It would change the quality of life. Whether one views these economic changes as positive or negative depends on them perspective of the viewer. Clearly the tax cap would have far reaching economic effects that should be carefully considered before deciding whether it would be good or bad for the economy.
    • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport: Economic Significance 2000

      Goldsmith, Scott (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2001)
      Employment at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in 2000 is estimated at 9,119 ( annual average), generating an annual payroll of $367 million. This represents about 7% of all the wage and salary jobs in Anchorage and 8% of total payroll. Adding the offsite jobs generated by airport businesses making purchases and workers spending their earnings within the community, the total economic significance of the airport grows to 14,750 jobs with a payroll of $515 million. If the airp01i were a separate community it would be the 5th largest economy in the state. The airport is about 5 times the size one would expect for a community of 260 thousand, but only partly because most of the travel between Anchorage and the rest of the US is by air. Most of the activity at the airport is associated with international air cargo, nonAlaska visitors, and non-Anchorage residents of Alaska. Together these activities at the airport, which bring new money into the economy and contribute directly to the economic base of Anchorage, account for 6,443 jobs and $259 million of payroll. Adding the off site activity generated by these onsite jobs results in a total impact of these basic activities of 10,352 jobs and $361 million of payroll. By way of comparison, the headquarters activity of the oil and gas industry in Anchorage directly employed 3,515 in 1999 with a payroll of $316 million. Viewed this way it is clear that the basic activities at the airport are an important part of the economic base of the community.