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Lunchtime Talk: Do Isolated Areas of Alaska Benefit from Local Resource Developments?


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Much of the natural-resource development in Alaska happens in isolated, rural areas. Do local residents get jobs and other benefits from those developments? Mouhcine Guettabi is assessing that question in two papers he is currently working on.
 
In the first paper, he is using employment by place of work and by place of residence to determine whether local residents of an isolated borough with oil development get a share of the new jobs created when oil prices spike up. His answer so far is no.
 
In the second paper, he is looking at the effects of the Red Dog mine on the Northwest Arctic Borough, where the mine has been operating since the 1980s. Reports from private industry estimate the mine is responsible for one in five jobs and one in ten dollars of personal income in the borough. Dr. Guettabi is working from the ground up, looking at causal effects of the mine on a number of measures, including jobs and wages. Join us at ISER to learn what he is finding.
 
Mouhcine Guettabi has been on the faculty at ISER since 2012. He studies a broad range of economic issues important to Alaska.  
 
When: Friday, April 28, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room,
Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301
 

1901 Bragaw Street is between Northern Lights and DeBarr Road.
Parking is free.
Call 786-7710 for directions.
 
Note: Those who can’t attend in person can stream the talk live at:
http://stream.iseralaska.org
 

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