Barrow–the top of the world

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Last week we went to Barrow to learn about market and non-market exchange at the top of the world. The economics of Barrow AK is as complex as it gets–Inupuits, tribal courts, polar bears, state run education, 4 year private native college, bowhead whales, non-profit tribal corporations, snow foxes, oil, Alaskan Native Corporations, seal skin boats, US Navy, jawbones, Coast Guard, tundra, snow owls, honey pots, whale captains, pipelines, geese, an Olympic swimming pool, a recently burnt down Mexican restaurant, $330/night hotel, and a blue football field bought by a lady from Miami.

We did not even come close to scratching the surface.