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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.

Who Benefits Under Insure Tennessee?

Authors: William F. Fox, Matthew N. Murray, Matthew C. Harris

Publication Date: January 1, 2015

Why do so many Tennesseans not have health insurance? A large part of the answer may simply be cost. In this report, the Boyd Center used data from The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System produced by the Centers for Disease Control, the American Community Survey and healthcare.gov to provide a profile of Tennesseans who would be eligible for insurance under Insure Tennessee.

The Economic Impact of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on the State of Tennessee: Academic Year 2013-2014.

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler

Publication Date: November 1, 2014

The Tennessee economy and its residents benefit from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, through the creation of jobs, incomes, and tax revenues. UT also provides Tennessee with many qualitative effects, such as a trained labor force, visibility around the world for its research, and public service benefits. First, the university provides 9,263 faculty, staff, and student employees with salaries, which directly impacts the state’s economy. UT’s payroll spending for fiscal year 2014, including fringe benefits, totaled $522.5 million. UT also generates income and jobs for the state indirectly by spending money on goods and services in Tennessee. Nonpayroll spending for the university amounted to $545.0 million in FY14. Combined with the indirect economic benefit for the state’s economy as incomes are spent and re-spent, UT creates an additional $894.8 million in income and 18,682 jobs in addition to those working on campus.

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.


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