Job growth and consumer spending continue to grow and position Tennessee and the nation’s economies for a strong 2016, according to a report released today from the Center for Business and Economic Research.
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Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, was recently featured in The Bakken Magazine. According to Murray, low gasoline prices are helping America’s economy avoid some of the downturns experienced in other parts of the world. The low prices have freed up a large amount of purchasing power for American consumers that’s being pumped back into the economy.
A recent policy brief about funding transportation from the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy has garnered national attention. Baker Center Director Matt Murray, David Greene, the senior Baker fellow in energy and the environment at the center, and Mark Burton, a research associate professor of economics and the director of economics for the Center for Transportation Research, collaborated on the report.
Tennessee spends less on a per capita basis than almost any other state on its highways and roads yet enjoys roadways that are better than those in most states. But according to a new paper produced by researchers at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, roadway quality is now at risk unless new funding is found.
Tennessee’s economy performed well in the first half of 2015 and largely followed a similar pattern of growth as the US economy, but the state’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average, according to a study released Monday by the Center for Business and Economic Research.
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has been selected as a partner in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program. The Diplomacy Lab helps the State Department broaden its research base and more effectively respond to a variety of global challenges.
Former NATO Ambassador Kurt Volker—a leading expert in US foreign and national security policy—will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at as part of the Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series.
A BBC News crew came to Tennessee last week to look a the state’s emerging role in new advanced manufacturing techniques in the wake of the January announcement by the White House that UT would lead a new $259 million initiative known as IACMI, the the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Under a pair of
With the energy industry changing rapidly, Tennessee should craft an energy policy that will allow the state to benefit both economically and environmentally. That’s the crux of a report done for the state by UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Lower unemployment rates, falling gas prices, and increased consumer confidence position the national and Tennessee economies for continued recovery and strong growth in 2015 and beyond.