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Policy Analysis

We conduct numerous studies on the population, economy and public programs.

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Our faculty help inform public policy through research in economics, education, health and taxes.

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Tennessee State Data Center

The Tennessee State Data Center, housed within the Boyd Center, disseminates data from the U.S. Census Bureau and is a designated State Data Center.

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How will Expanding Broadband Internet Access Benefit Knox County, TN?

As part of a modernization effort, KUB plans to upgrade its electrical grid by installing an extensive fiber system, which will provide a more reliable electricity service, better efficiency, and shorter downtimes in the event of power outages. The fiber system would also enable KUB to offer cheaper, ultra-fast internet to all households and businesses in its electric grid service area. This report documents the various benefits associated with expanding access to ultra-fast internet connections.

Tennessee Business Leaders Survey, Winter 2021

Many business leaders from across Tennessee responded to the Boyd Center’s second Business Leaders Survey, providing a unique perspective on Tennessee and the nation’s economy. Responses were provided between January 19 and February 1, 2021, which represents a very challenging time in the nation’s economy because of continuing COVID-19 issues.

The Entrepreneurial Resurgence: Business Formation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Business formation is a critical component of local and national economic growth. The creation of new jobs and establishments from newly minted firms helps ensure the vitality of entrepreneurial activity in the United States. However, Pugsley and Sahin (2019) document a prominent and problematic 30-year decline in new employer business startups, something closely linked with "jobless recoveries." This is especially concerning given that nearly 20 percent of entrepreneurship stems out of necessity, as opposed to opportunity, during cyclical downturns (Fairlie and Fossen, 2019). The extent to which new firms are able to begin operating as innovative vessels during depressed economic times directly influences the pace at which the national economy can recover to pre-recession levels.

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William Fox

Randy and Jenny Boyd Distinguished Professor

Don Bruce

Associate Director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

Celeste Carruthers

James and Joanne Ford Faculty Research Fellow

Matthew Harris

Stahl PEMBA Fellow

LeAnn Luna


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