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SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research in Economics Program

The program will run for ten week periods during the summer.  Participants will work on a one-on-one basis with faculty on an on-going policy analysis research project with the goal being a complete immersion of the student in the research process.  Over the course of the summer, students will be mentored and trained by the professor so that they are able to play a key role in the research project, and are prepared to conduct their own research.

Applications for Summer 2019 are due by March 8th, 2019. Winners will be notified by March 31, 2019.



Undergraduate who have declared Economics as their major and are at least sophomores with strong academic records will be given preference.



The RA will work at least 20 hours per week, with the hours split between directed research for a faculty sponsor and to the development of an independent research topic.



Each RA will receive a stipend of $4,500 for ten weeks of full-time research work.

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Summer 2018 Sure Award Summaries

Name: Nathan Brock

Professor: Jason Shogren

Title: The Alaska Permanent Fund System of Sovereign Wealth Fund Management


This research intends to explore the dividend-based SWF management scheme through a specific study of the Alaska Model and its effects on the Alaskan economy. The following research questions are aimed at international poverty reduction and economic diversification in the state of Wyoming:

Does the Permanent Fund Dividend within the Alaska Permanent Fund (The Alaska Model) affect the spending decisions in Alaska, both with consumers and the government?

Does the Permanent Fund Dividend within the Alaska Permanent Fund (The Alaska Model) affect the spending decisions in Alaska, both with consumers and the government?

What are the effects of applying a dividend-based management system to sovereign wealth funds in Wyoming?

I hope to respond to each of these questions through conducting research on spending activities in Alaska. I plan to evaluate both changes in consumer and government spending as a result of the PFD. This summer, I created an economic survey that intends to capture consumer spending data. This data will be used to evaluate effects of the PFD on consumers in the economy. I used SURE grant funds to travel to Alaska and collaborate with SWF professionals to sharpen the focus of my research and explore ways to gather data for government spending as well. Combining the results of both data analyses, I will be able to determine how a dividend-based SWF management system affects the economy. My results can then be applied to low income natural resource-dependent economies around the world to mitigate poverty. They will also inform policy to help mitigate the economic stress facing Wyoming’s coal-dependent economy.

The present paper will evaluate my research purpose and the specifics of this summer’s accomplishments. It will also serve as a literature review for a large selection of existing SWF research. Lastly, this paper is a synthesis of lessons learned from interviews with professionals during my stay in Alaska.

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