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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 Leaders Survey

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Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Many business leaders from across Tennessee responded to the inaugural Boyd Center’s Business LeadersSurvey, providing a unique perspective on Tennessee and the nation’s economy. Responses were provided between August 12-20, which isa uniquely challengingtime in the nation’s economy because of COVID-19. Respondents, over half of whomare CEOs or company owners, represent a broad sample of Tennessee’s businesses, both by size and by industry.

Understanding the Accuracy of Unemployment Insurance Data: Evidence from the Appalachia Region

Authors: Marianne H. Wanamaker, Evan Newell

Publication Date: July 16, 2020

Initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims are some of the only high-frequency data points on the U.S. labor market. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the weekly claims numbers have been a highly followed metric of economic damage. Close examination reveals clear errors in unemployment insurance claims numbers, making it hard to compare claims within and across states, and clouding our interpretation of national totals.

Potential Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Tennessee's Economy

Authors: William F. Fox, Alex S. Norwood, Vickie C. Cunningham

Publication Date: January 23, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies more broadly are rapidly developing and changing the types of goods and services that people demand and the ways in which they are produced and received. As a result, employment in many industries and occupations is being disrupted. The transitions are likely to accelerate during the next decade, further affecting nearly every aspect of life and work.

Economic Impact of The University of Tennessee System on the State of Tennessee

Authors: William F. Fox, Lawrence M. Kessler

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

This study focuses on one aspect of the gains from UT, the economic benefits that result from the production of education and the many other activities in Tennessee as the UT system delivers its many services. Using detailed revenue and expenditure data from each campus and institute, this study examines the economic impact that arises in the state of Tennessee from the education, research, and athletics that were produced by the UT System in Fiscal Year 2017 (from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), which includes the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 academic year and portions of two summer terms. The economic impact is generated through spending made by the system, its students, and campus visitors.

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