Reports and Studies

The Alaska Chamber collects and disseminates policy papers, studies and reports on issues important to the Alaska business community.

Economic Impacts in Puget Sound of Shell's Alaska Exploration Program
The Economic Impact in Puget Sound of Shell's Alaska Exploration Program report examines the economic impact in the Puget Sound region associated with Shell Exploration and Production Company’s (Shell) recent exploration efforts in Alaska. The scope of this report includes a brief overview of historical and contemporary Arctic oil and gas exploration and development, analysis of the economic impact on Puget Sound of Shell’s exploration activity in Alaska, and profiles of Puget Sound ports that have served to support Shell’s Alaska exploration.

Ties that Bind

The 2015 Ties That Bind report is the fourth commissioned since 1985 which measures the economic impacts between the Puget Sound and Alaska regions. The report, which details Alaska's economic impact on six Puget Sound-area counties, finds business with Alaska accounts for 113,000 jobs in the Puget Sound region and generates $6.2 billion in wage.

Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2015 Update
The Maximum Sustainable Yield: FY 2015 Update is the third update of a series the Institute of Social and Economic Research began in 2012, estimating how much Alaska’s state government can afford to spend, without risking sudden big budget deficits and economic hardships for Alaskans in the near future. Those problems are looming because oil revenues currently pay almost all the bills for public services — and oil production has been dropping since the late 1980s. But Alaska can extend the benefits from oil, by adding to the Permanent Fund and other financial accounts — so the earnings from financial accounts can increasingly take the place of petroleum revenues. Those revenues are expected to keep dropping, even with revenues from new oil sources and from a potential gas pipeline.

Commonwealth North Fiscal Policy Study
With Commonwealth North's (CWN) long commitment to a sound state fiscal policy and the state faced with a daunting gap between revenue and spending, CWN's Fiscal Policy Study Group was charged with an examination of the State's operating budget to identify recommendations to help reduce state spending. The 2015 Commonwealth North Study Report is the result of almost six months of deliberative discussions and presentations within their Fiscal Policy Study Group.