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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Nashville and Middle Tennessee County Transportation Revenue Forecasts, August 2017

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler, Tammy S. Lemon, LeAnn Luna, Alex S. Norwood

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

The Nashville area seeks to undertake major transportation improvements given the region’s rapid economic growth, significantly increasing congestion, and the expectation that enhanced transportation services would spur even greater growth. This report focuses on one aspect of this challenging issue – how financing could be generated – by developing the capacity to forecast revenue for Nashville area counties. The revenues potentially could be used to finance major transportation improvements. The report concentrates on four major tax instruments: sales tax, property tax, hotel/motel tax, and wheel tax. The revenue estimating capacity is developed for 10 counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Issue 22 Construction Fatality Digest

Publication Date: June 1, 2017

Fall Events Account for Nearly 50% of Fatalities; Struck by Highway Vehicle during Highway Construction

Issue 21 Construction Fatality Digest

Publication Date: March 1, 2017

Struck By Highway Vehicle Is On The Rise; Multiple Fatality Events

Evaluating Options for Funding Tennessee's Infrastructure Needs

Authors: Donald J. Bruce

Publication Date: February 1, 2017

A healthy infrastructure network is critical to Tennessee’s economy. Unfortunately, the funding mechanism behind the state’s infrastructure is falling short. At its core is a system of per-gallon taxes on motor fuel and diesel fuel. While improvements in fuel efficiency create an important environmental benefit in the form of cleaner air, the slower growth in the demand for gasoline means fewer dollars for highway maintenance. The resulting backlog will eventually place significant demands on the state’s overall revenue portfolio.