Our faculty help inform public policy through research in economics, education, health and taxes.
Publications & Reports
The Boyd Center conducts research on behalf of multiple public entities to reveal key insights about the economy in Tennessee and across the nation, as well as the efficacy of public programs.
Responses from the most recent Tennessee Business Leaders Survey are upbeat about Tennessee’s economy, with about two-thirds of respondents expecting Tennessee’s economy to improve more rapidly than the national economy over the next year. Business leaders were less pessimistic about inflation, with only 35.6% believing it’s here to stay. We summarize key themes that emerge in our Summer 2022 report.
2023 Economic Report to the Governor
Tennessee forecasts, current as of December 2022, are based on an array of assumptions, particularly at the national level, which are described in Chapter One. Chapter Two details evaluations for major sectors of the Tennessee economy and provides a short-run and long-run outlook for the state economy. Finally, Chapter Three assessess advanced manufacturing in Tennessee. As Tennessee competes with other states and foreign countries for a share of manufacturing jobs, these assessments can inform economic development policy and strategic decisions.Read the 2023 Forecast
The College Pipeline in East Tennessee
The COVID-19 pandemic may have fundamentally altered the trajectory of college-going, retention, and completion rates for students nationwide and the Drive to 55 in Tennessee. During a forum in May 2022, we reviewed the data on key student metrics for East Tennessee, examined the evidence on the causes of shifting student behavior, and evaluated possible policy options with key stakeholders.Learn More
2020-2070 Population Projections
Every two years, the Boyd Center publishes population projections for Tennessee’s 95 counties. The data includes forecasted population, age, race/Hispanic ethnicity and sex for each county in the state.Learn More
Tennessee Economic and Fiscal Indicators
As Tennessee grappled with COVID-19 during the height of the initial pandemic, the Boyd Center partnered with the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration to produce a series of weekly and monthly data that showed how it affected Tennessee’s economy.Review the Data