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.

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Can Financial Aid (Re)Connect Students To College? Evidence From Tennessee Colleges Of Applied Technology

Authors: Celeste K. Carruthers, Ph.D., Jilleah G. Welch, Ph.D.

Publication Date: April 1, 2019

State and federal agencies invested $51.5 billion in grant aid for college students in 2016-17,2 and we know from decades of research that financial aid systems can help traditional students access or complete college. We know much less about how aid Interacts with non-traditional students, however, and ours is the first study we know of to examine the take-up and effects of financial aid for students attending non-degree technical colleges. We do so using state administrative data describing the enrollment, financial aid, and earnings for students entering Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) between 2005 and 2016.

Issue 28 Construction Fatality Digest

Publication Date: March 1, 2019

Roof falls led all fatal events; 2018: The year in review; Tenure Study

Economic Impact of The University of Tennessee System on the State of Tennessee

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

This study focuses on one aspect of the gains from UT, the economic benefits that result from the production of education and the many other activities in Tennessee as the UT system delivers its many services. Using detailed revenue and expenditure data from each campus and institute, this study examines the economic impact that arises in the state of Tennessee from the education, research, and athletics that were produced by the UT System in Fiscal Year 2017 (from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), which includes the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 academic year and portions of two summer terms. The economic impact is generated through spending made by the system, its students, and campus visitors.

An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, 2019

Authors: Matthew N. Murray, William F. Fox, Donald J. Bruce, LeAnn Luna, Enda P. Hargaden, Lawrence M. Kessler, Vickie C. Cunningham

Publication Date: January 1, 2019

This 2019 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the 43rd 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. Tennessee forecasts, current as of December 2018, 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, with an agriculture section provided by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Chapter Three presents the long-run outlook and forecast for the state. Chapter Four discusses federal tax reform, tariffs and the implications for labor markets across the state of Tennessee. The primary purpose of this annual volume—published, distributed, and financed through the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Revenue, and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development—is to provide wide public dissemination of the most-current possible economic analysis to planners and decision-makers in the public and private sectors.