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Alan Viard to Speak at Economics Forum October 28

Alan Viard, economist and resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will speak at UT's Knoxville Economics Forum, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at Club LeConte.

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.

Boyd Center Hosts First Economic Forecast Luncheon

Tennessee is in a good fiscal position and its economy is expected to continue to grow in 2017, according to UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research Director Bill Fox and Associate Director Matt Murray, who spoke last week at the center’s first economic forecasting luncheon.

Murray Talks Gas Prices with Bakken Magazine


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.

Future of Roadway Funding in Tennessee Draws Wide Media Coverage

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.

Baker Center Releases Paper on Future of Roadway Funding

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.

Study: Tennessee’s Economic Outlook for Fall 2015

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.