• Changing Oil Industry: Will It Affect Oil Prices?

      Tussing, Arlon R.; Leask, Linda (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1999)
      The petroleum industry is far different today from what it was two decades ago, when oil started flowing from Alaska’s North Slope. An important question in Alaska, where oil has driven economic growth and supported government since the 1970s, is what industry changes might mean for future oil prices. As ISER noted in 1998, Alaska is less vulnerable to low oil prices than it used to be, because the state government has invested much of its oil income to build huge financial reserves and has sharply cut spending. This paper explores a range of questions relating to consolidation of the companies developing Alaskan oil, and other changes to the terms under which this resource is developed.
    • Oil Price Surprises and the Budget

      Goldsmith, Scott (1990)
      Policy makers drawing up state budgets each year tend to use the price of oil prevailing during the legislative session as the basis for predicting oil prices and likely state petroleum revenues. Currently these make up about 85 percent of state income. This fiscal policy note examines some recent trends and the implications for short-term volatility, and longer term declines for state spending.