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Matthew N. Murray


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Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Associate Director, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
Professor, Department of Economics
PhD, Economics, Syracuse University

Dr. Murray holds a joint appointment with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Department of Economics at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the Baker Center. Dr. Murray has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives and economic/fiscal impact analysis.


Research Interests

Public finance and public policy, state and local tax policy, education finance, tax compliance, and regional economic development.


Selected Publications

An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee (short-term and long-term economic forecast), Project Director, 1996-present.

Tennessee Economic Overview.  Monthly economic indicator series for Tennessee and its metropolitan areas, Project Director, June 1994-present.

“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.

“Can States and Localities Export Their Tax Burdens?”  State Tax Notes 51 No. 1 (January 5, 2009): 25-30.


Contact Information

Matthew Murray
1640 Cumberland Ave.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996