Matthew Murray

Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Associate Director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, Professor of Economics

Phone: 865-974-6098

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Matthew Murray is director of UT's Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy and associate director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. He coordinates education and service programs, as well as research in the areas of global security and energy and environmental policy at the Baker Center. In BCBER, his work includes economic forecasting for the state and TVA, revenue forecasting for the Department of Transportation, and special projects related to state fiscal policy and economic development. His academic research focuses on state and local tax policy, regional economic development, and tax compliance.

Topics of expertise: State tax policy, local government tax policy, economic trends, economic impact of changes in economic activity, economic development policy, education finance policy, transportation finance policy, tax evasion, and tax avoidance.

Media coverage:

Although Tennessee’s unemployment rate hit 3 percent in October—a historic low—that’s not necessarily good news. Wall Street Journal, Sharon Nunn, Nov. 17; Politico, Marianne Levine, Nov. 20

A new five-part study warns of the long-term effects the decline of coal will have in Appalachia. Production of coal in Appalachia dropped 45 percent from 2005 to 2015, the study found. Washington Post, Dino Grandoni, Feb. 6