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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.

Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook, Fall 2014

Authors: Matthew N. Murray

Publication Date: September 1, 2014

In Tennessee total tax collections grew by 0.5 percent during the first quarter of 2014 (as compared to the first quarter of 2013). This was lower than the southeast average of 2.0 percent but higher than the national average of -0.3 percent. Among the 12 southeast states, only Alabama, North Carolina, and Mississippi recorded lower revenue growth than Tennessee. As of August 2014, Tennessee Department of Revenue tax collections totaled $870.0 million. This was $31.0 million or 3.7 percent higher than collections during August of last year.

The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2014

Authors: LeAnn Luna, Angela R. Thacker

Publication Date: September 1, 2014

The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) 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. A target sample size of 5,000 households allows for obtaining accurate estimates for subpopulations. CBER prepared the survey instrument in cooperation with personnel from the Bureau of TennCare.

Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook, Spring 2014

Authors: Matthew N. Murray

Publication Date: June 1, 2014

In Tennessee, nonfarm employment will grow 1.6 percent in 2014 and 1.7 percent in 2014, slightly below natural rates of growth. Gains in manufacturing employment will begin to taper, growing by only 0.6 percent in 2014 and 0.2 percent in 2015. The state unemployment rate will fall to 6.5 percent in 2014 and 6.1 percent in 2015. Tennessee’s unemployment rate hasn’t fallen below 6.5 percent since 2008. Nominal personal income is projected to rise by 4.3 percent in 2014 and 4.7 percent in 2015. Taxable sales will expand by 3.4 percent in 2014 and 3.6 percent in 2015.

Promoting Advanced Manufacturing Clusters in Tennessee.

Authors: Matthew N. Murray, Lawrence M. Kessler

Publication Date: March 1, 2014

The University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Service (CIS) has a vision for a Tennessee manufacturing industry that is characterized by innovative and prosperous businesses, high-quality jobs, and a safe and healthy workplace. CIS seeks to identify and facilitate growth among advanced manufacturing industries in order to promote the economic well-being and fiscal health of Tennessee. Fostering economic growth requires a high-quality business environment that encourages innovation and rising productivity (Porter, 2001). Consequently, a focus on the development of advanced manufacturing, which is characterized by a higher educated workforce and higher rates of process innovation, may be one of the more direct routes towards further growth and prosperity. This report is supported by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, with funding from the University Center Program, Economic Development Administration; and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, National Institute for Standards and Technology.


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