Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research News

SunTrust Banks CEO to Speak at Economics Forum March 31

SunTrust Banks Inc. Chairman and CEO William H. Rogers Jr., will speak at the spring Knoxville Economics Forum Friday, March 31. The event is being sponsored by the Department of Economics in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

WBIR Features Bill Fox on Growing Trend of Online Shopping

Bill Fox, director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, was recently featured by WBIR regarding the growing trend of online shopping. Fox said holiday sales for 2016 showed double digit growth in e-commerce, while in-store sales showed essentially no growth.  He said getting back time and the ability to compare prices easily

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Survey: Tennessee Urban Area Population Increasing

Tennessee’s population, particularly in its urban areas, continues to grow, according to the 2011­–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates released today by the US Census Bureau. A local partner to the bureau, the Tennessee State Data Center, is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

Baker Center Releases Update on Future of Tennessee’s Roadway Funding

In the past three years, many states have increased or introduced new taxes in order to boost roadway funding. Tennessee, however, has made no policy changes and will increasingly confront challenges to its ability to fund roads, according to a new paper by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

UT Partnering with WVU to Study Coal Demand in Appalachia

UT, in partnership with West Virginia University, has received $349,999 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the US Economic Development Administration to study the consequences of falling coal demand on the Appalachian region. Representatives from UT’s interdisciplinary team include researchers from the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the Haslam College of Business, the Center for Transportation Research in the Tickle College of Engineering, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Alan Viard to Speak at Economics Forum October 28

Alan Viard, a nationally recognized economist and resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will be the guest speaker at the Knoxville Economics Forum Friday, October 28. His speech, “The Business Tax Reform Debate: The 2016 Election and Beyond,” will address business tax reform as it relates to the 2016 election. Reservations are being accepted now for the event, which is sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Haslam College of Business.

UT to Host Free Conference on Census Data November 18

National experts from the US Census Bureau will be in Knoxville next month to share information about the upcoming 2020 census as well as new data tools. The 2016 Data Users Conference, sponsored by UT’s Tennessee State Data Center, is set for 8:30 a.m., November 18 at the downtown Hilton Hotel, 501 West Church Avenue.