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Gailyn Portelance was a research assistant for Todd Moss and Scott Morris. Before joining CGD, Portelance worked as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission, supporting case teams throughout investigation and litigation relating to domestic and international consumer protection issues. She previously worked as an RA at Pomona College, where she analyzed the relationship between governance and growth in resource poor sub-Saharan Africa, and politician incentive to enact developmental policy in the region. Portelance has also worked in Dakar, Senegal, where she helped to identify effective strategies to disseminate information surrounding women’s reproductive health. She holds a BA in international relations and a minor in French from Pomona College.
One of the nearest real-world examples of Oil-to-Cash is Alaska, which has paid an annual dividend to every state resident since 1982. One of the presumptive lessons drawn from Alaska’s experience has been that once a dividend was in place, political forces aligned to protect it from politicians. Yet last week, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the first-ever cut to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.