Neal Fried: A Tour Guide for Alaska’s Economy


Neal Fried has been an economist for the State of Alaska since 1978. “Most of the people I work with weren’t even born yet,” he says. The duties of his position haven’t changed much, but the economy has. Fried came to Alaska during the pipeline construction and has watched every economic fluctuation since. His job is to produce data like employment numbers, forecast for areas of the state including Anchorage, analyze trends in Alaska’s economy, and present to business groups and the state legislature. ~ as told to and edited by Alexander Deedy.

I want to start with a light-hearted question. You’re fairly well known for wearing bow ties.

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