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:


In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam says the way the tax bill is designed could make the state more attractive to those seeking relief from their increased tax burden. The Tennessean, Jamie McGee, Dec. 7 (also ran in the Commercial Appeal, News Sentinel, Daily News Journal, Jackson Sun, Leaf Chronicle)

The U.S. Census Bureau said last week the countywide poverty rate fell to 13.5 percent, while the Chattanooga rate fell to 20.2 percent. That was the lowest rate in both areas since 2007. Times Free Press, Dave Flessner, Dec. 10

Employment in the Chattanooga area this year is growing more than three times as fast as the rest of the country, placing Chattanooga among the top cities for job growth in 2017. Times Free Press, Dave Flessner, Dec. 12

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


Chattanooga employers did benefit last year by an influx of more than 6,000 workers into the local labor force. But the growth of the working-age population is slowing according to Census Bureau estimates and forecasts. Times Free Press, Dave Flessner, Jan. 1

Where will the swirl of economic currents drive Knoxville over the next year? If the area can avoid a few rocks, indications are for clear weather ahead, according to several local analysts. News Sentinel, Jim Gaines, Jan. 12

Unemployment in Tennessee edged higher for the second consecutive month in December to reach its highest rate since last summer as the pace of job growth slowed at the end of 2017. Times Free Press, Dave Flessner, Jan. 18

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has a vastly different message about the new tax law than some of his fellow governors up North, and it can be summarized in three words: Bring it on. Wall Street Journal, Cameron McWhirter and Adrian Campo-Flores

Amazon abruptly escalated a fight with its hometown on Wednesday, halting major expansion plans in Seattle because of a tax being considered by the City Council. New York Times, Nick Wingfield, May 2

President Trump's decision to move forward with steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies holds sweeping implications for Tennessee's booming auto sector. The Tennessean, Jamie McGee, May 31

In Nashville, where the unemployment rate has hovered at close to 2.5 percent since September and where several companies are reporting rampant growth, it is a job seeker's market. The Tennessean, Jamie McGee, May 24

Nashville's unemployment rate dropped to a historic low of 2.2 percent in April, the lowest rate of any major metro areas in the U.S. The Tennessean, May 31

Tennessee employers added 45,000 jobs across the state in the past year, lowering the state's seasonally-adjusted jobless rate from 4 percent a year ago to 3.4 percent last month. Times Free Press