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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Economic Impact Study of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler, Alex S. Norwood

Publication Date: April 30, 2018

This economic report, completed by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, describes many of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) benefits noting the unique benefits to the state of having its headquarters in Chattanooga and regional offices with headquarters-like functions across Tennessee. This is an important distinction and economic benefit relative to BCBST’s competitors. The report specifically looks at the statewide economic benefits of BCBST, including its foundation and subsidiaries, in 2017 – analyzing the direct, indirect and induced impacts the company has on income, employment and taxes in Tennessee. In addition to the quantitative economic impact, the report examines the company’s effects on both the Chattanooga community and state of Tennessee in several intangible ways – from its employees volunteering around the community to its charitable donations and awards.

Issue 25 Construction Fatality Digest

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Fall Events Account for More than 50% of Total Events. Topics of Interest: Tenure and Workplace Injuries, Safe + Sound Week

2016 Fatality Report

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, 2018

Authors: Matthew N. Murray, William F. Fox, Matthew Harris, Lawrence M. Kessler, Vickie C. Cunningham, Mary Elizabeth Glenn

Publication Date: January 1, 2018

This 2018 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the forty-second 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 2017, 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 the opioid epidemic and the implications it has 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.