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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.

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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.

An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, 2014

Authors: Matthew N. Murray, William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler, Vickie C. Cunningham, Ahiteme N. Houndonougbo

Publication Date: January 31, 2014

This 2014 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the 38th 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 January 2014, 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 Agricultural Policy Analysis Center. Chapter Three discusses Tennessee’s role in the international economy and presents the long-run outlook and forecast for the state. Chapter Four presents manufacturing trends and advanced manufacturing in 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, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Appalachian Regional Commission—is to provide wide public dissemination of the most-current possible economic analysis to planners and decision-makers in the public and private sectors.

Academic Program Supply and Occupational Demand Projections: 2012–2025

Authors: Leann Luna, Matthew N. Murray, Vickie C. Cunningham

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

The research presented here is an updated and revised analysis of Academic Program Supply and Occupational Demand Projections for the state of Tennessee that was initially released in 2010. The estimates were prepared by The University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research in cooperation with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The revised estimates use historical data from 2000-2011 and offer projections of academic awards for various instructional programs and disciplines for Tennessee's public, private for-profit and private non-profit postsecondary institutions through 2025.

The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2013

Authors: William Hamblen, William F. Fox, LeAnn Luna

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

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 allowed for obtaining accurate estimates for subpopulations. CBER prepared the survey instrument in cooperation with personnel from the Bureau of TennCare.


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