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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. Our research has appeared in publications such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Tennessean.

Use the search field below to find Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research publications by title, author, or date of publication.

Understanding the Accuracy of Unemployment Insurance Data: Evidence from the Appalachia Region

Authors: Marianne H. Wanamaker, Evan Newell

Publication Date: July 16, 2020

Initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims are some of the only high-frequency data points on the U.S. labor market. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the weekly claims numbers have been a highly followed metric of economic damage. Close examination reveals clear errors in unemployment insurance claims numbers, making it hard to compare claims within and across states, and clouding our interpretation of national totals.

Potential Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Tennessee's Economy

Authors: William F. Fox, Alex S. Norwood, Vickie C. Cunningham

Publication Date: January 23, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies more broadly are rapidly developing and changing the types of goods and services that people demand and the ways in which they are produced and received. As a result, employment in many industries and occupations is being disrupted. The transitions are likely to accelerate during the next decade, further affecting nearly every aspect of life and work.

Economic Report To the Governor 2020

Authors: Matthew N. Murray, William F. Fox, Enda P. Hargaden, Matthew C. Harris, Lawrence M. Kessler, Vickie C. Cunningham, Alex S. Norwood, Adrienne M. Sudbury

Publication Date: January 2, 2020

This 2020 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the forty-fourth in a series of annual reports compiled in response to requests by state government officials for assistance in achieving greater interdepartmental consistency in planning and budgeting efforts sensitive to the overall economic environment. Both short-term, or business cycle-sensitive forecasts, and longer-term, or trend forecasts, are provided in this report.

The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2019

Authors: LeAnn Luna, Emily K. Pratt

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, under contract with the Department of Finance and Administration of the State of Tennessee, conducted a survey of Tennessee residents to ascertain their insurance status and use of medical facilities and their level of satisfaction with the TennCare program. A target sample size of 5,000 households allows us to obtain accurate estimates for subpopulations. The Boyd Center prepared the survey instrument in cooperation with personnel from the Division of TennCare.

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