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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.

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.

The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2018

Authors: LeAnn Luna, Emily K. Pratt

Publication Date: October 29, 2018

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.

Economic Impact of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on the State of Tennessee

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler

Publication Date: August 27, 2018

Using detailed revenue and expenditure data, this study examines the economic impact on the state of Tennessee of the education, research and athletics that were produced by UT Knoxville in Fiscal Year 2017 (from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), which includes the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic year. The university’s sizable economic impact is generated through spending made by the university, its students, and campus visitors.

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.


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