The Alaska Permanent Fund Model

As the deadline approaches to apply for your permanent fund dividend, scholars around the world are examining our unusual institution for a model they can use in the middle east, Russia, or anywhere resource wealth is found. This week on Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth and his guests talk about this amazing Alaskan invention, the permanent fund, and why it is attracting admirers you might not expect, for reasons we rarely consider.


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HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Karl Widerquist, Visitng Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
  • Cliff Groh, Anchorage author and attorney, who helped create the Permanent Fund Dividend
  • Gregg Erickson, author and Juneau economist, involved in creating the Permanent Fund
  • Scott Goldsmith, Professor of Economics, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage

LIVE broadcast: Wednesday, March 7, 2012. 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 7, 2012. 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Alaska time)

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