William (Bill) Fox

Director of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, Chancellor's Professor, Boyd Professor of Business, Professor of Economics

Phone: 865-974-6112
E-mail: BillFox@utk.edu

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Chancellor's Professor Bill Fox is the director of UT's Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and an expert in internet taxation, state tax policy, public finance (operations between government and private sectors), and fiscal federalism. In addition to being a distinguished professor of business, he has served as a consultant on finance, taxation, and economic development in a number of states and developing countries. Fox has published widely in such journals as the National Tax Journal, State Tax Notes, and the Southern Economic Journal.

Topics of expertise: Internet taxation, state tax policy, public finance, and fiscal federalism

Media coverage:

The Southeast makes headlines for its booming economy, but the region's fastest-growing states have a problem. CNBC, Adina Solomon, Sept. 6

Consumers in 16 states can take advantage of sales tax holidays this year — going on frenzied shopping sprees to buy items such as backpacks, computers and school clothes tax-free. But states confronting budget woes and a long list of spending priorities are questioning whether the hyped-up shopping events are worth the cost. Pew Trusts Stateline, Elaine Povich, Aug. 4 (also ran on Huffington Post, USA Today, Malone Telegram, Bend Bulletin, Sauk Valley as Tribune News Service content, Education News)

States use tax credits and incentives to attract business, encourage economic development, and create jobs. Bloomberg BNA, Jacob Bundrick, Aug. 10

While much of the national attention has been on President Trump’s promise to restore some portion of the 22,000 coal jobs lost since 2001, 500,000 department store jobs have been lost during that same period. Tennessee Ledger and Hamilton County Herald, Joe Morris, Aug. 4

Are Tennessee’s shopping destinations, once beacons of consumer demand, doomed to extinction? Hamilton County Herald, Joe Morris, Aug. 4

When retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unveiled a plan to bring back manufacturing jobs to the US, Chen decided it was time for his Hong Kong-based company to find a stateside location. China Daily, Paul Welitzkin, Aug. 15

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced months ago plans to push for a public referendum next year that would let voters decide whether to create new tax surcharges to pay for transit. The Tennessean, Joey Garrison, Aug. 16

The number of Tennesseans launching new businesses has now risen for 22 consecutive quarters. Fox notes that and other healthy numbers in the latest Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicator’s report. WMOT, Mike Osborne, Aug. 17