Cook Inlet Historical Society Lecture: A Resource Curse or a Statistical Mirage?
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21Auditorium
Natural resource rich economics tend to grow slowly, but why? Researchers have theorized that natural resources can shine other sectors of the economy, induce political corruption, and even civil conflict. But new data and statistical techniques suggest that natural resources can fuel economic growth and offers a more nuanced view of the so-called “curse of natural resources.” Presenter Alexander James, a professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was born in Northern California, received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming, and has completed a two-year research fellowship at the Center for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economics at the University of Oxford. His research and teaching interests include principles of economics, environmental and resource economics, developmental economics and research methods. Free; use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance.