The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Matthew N. Murray

Professor of Economics and
Associate Director, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
717 Stokely Management Center
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0570
phone:  (865) 974-6084
fax:  (865) 974-3100

Ph.D., Economics, Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., University of Northern Iowa


Dr. Murray holds a joint appointment with the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is associate director of the Boyd Center, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business in the Haslam College of Business, and program director for the Public Administration Major in Economics.  He served as department head of Economics from 1997 to 2002 and director of Graduate Studies from 2002 to 2007.  His research interests include state and local tax policy, education finance, tax compliance, and regional economic development. Dr. Murray is a member of the National Tax Association and the American Economics Association.

Dr. Murray's work in the Boyd Center includes maintenance of the state econometric forecasting model that supports the annual Economic Report to the Governor and the quarterly Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook.  He has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives, economic/fiscal impact analysis, tax policy analysis, education finance reform, and transportation infrastructure finance.


“State Tax Policy and Entrepreneurship” (with Donald Bruce and Xiaowen Liu).  National Tax Journal 68 (2015): 803-837.

“The Challenge of Operating and Maintaining Infrastructure” (with William F. Fox).  In Jonas Frank and Jorge Martinez-Vasquez, eds., Infrastructure and Decentralization in the Global Economy:  From Gaps to Solutions, Routledge, 2015.

“Vertical Competition, Horizontal Competition and Mobile Capital: An Empirical Investigation” (with Brian C. Hill and William F. Fox).  Public Finance Review 43 (2015): 431-457.

“Taxing Small Enterprises in Developing Countries” (with William F. Fox). Richard M. Bird and Jorge Martinez, ed., Taxation and Economic Development:  The Weakest Link-Essays in Honor of Roy Bahl, Edward Elgar, 2014.

“The Laboratory of State and Local Public Finance.” Presidential address, Proceedings of the 104th Annual Conference of the National Tax Association, forthcoming.

“Entity Taxation of the Business Enterprise” (with LeAnn Luna and Zhou Yang), Robert Ebel and John Peterson, eds., Handbook on State and Local Government Finance, Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The Effects of State Tax Structure on Business Organizational Form” (with LeAnn Luna).  National Tax Journal, LXIII (2010): 995-1021.

“The SSTP and Technology: Implications for the Future of the Sales Tax” (with Leann Luna and William F. Fox).  National Tax Journal LXI (2008): 823-842.

“Interactions Between Welfare Caseloads and Local Labor Markets” (with Brian Hill).  Contemporary Economic Policy 26 (2008): 539-54.

“What Factors Influence the Structure of the State Income Tax?” (with Jason Fletcher).  Public Finance Review 36 (2008): 475-96.

“Demographics, Competition and State Tax Progressivity,” (with Jason Fletcher), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the National Tax Association, Boston, MA, November 2006. (Forthcoming.)  (Also published in State Tax Notes.)

revised:  October 3, 2016


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