Friday, February 22, 2013

Meet the Departments

Meet your Jones College of Business faculty, and learn everything you wanted to know about our business majors and minors.
  • March 19, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • BAS South 2nd floor atrium and classrooms
Choose up to three information sessions: 4:20, 4:50, and 5:20 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Accounting | Business Communication and EntrepreneurshipCommunication Information SystemsEconomics and Finance | Management and Marketing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Business and Economic Research Center News 

Tennessee Housing Market 4th Quarter
The housing market continues to improve, especially single-family homes. [more]

Expectations for Nashville Economy
David Penn's presentation to Nashville Risk Management Association Feb. 14
[presentation pdf]

Tennessee Economic Indicators
  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance in TN increased in Jan. following a large decline in Dec. The less volatile trend continues to show improvement, however. 
  • Permits issued for single-family home construction in TN fell again in Dec, the 2nd monthly decline following a large increase in Oct. The trend continues to show improvement. 
  • Tennessee unemployment rate remained at 7.6% in Dec., down from 8.5% a year ago. 
  • Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment for TN gained 3,000 jobs in Dec. from the previous month. Over the year, nonfarm employment has gained 36,400 jobs, up 1.4%.
  • State sales tax collections up 5.1% in Dec. over the year (seasonally adjusted), the largest rise since June 2012. 
Graphs: Tracking Tennessee's Economic Recovery | MSA | County

Friday, February 15, 2013

Economics Guest Speakers

On Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Business and Aerospace Building's State Farm Room (BAS S102), Dennis Coates of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will speak on sports economics and public financing of sports stadiums. Dennis Coates will be hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance and the Economics Club.

On Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the State Farm Room (BAS S102), Matthew Yglesias, an economics blogger and journalist for, will speak about housing regulation, rent control, zoning laws, and his latest book, The Rent is Too Damn High. Matthew Yglesias will be co-hosted by the School of Journalism, the Distinguished Lecture Fund, and Economics Club.

On Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the State Farm Room (BAS S102), Don Boudreaux of George Mason University (and will speak about the life and contributions of Nobel Prize winner and MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan, who passed away January 9, 2013. Boudreaux will be hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance, the Economics Club, and the Honors College. The Honors College awards the James Buchanan Fellowship to 20 undergraduate applicants each year in his honor.  [See Boudreaux's tribute to Buchanan from the Wall Street Journal.]

All of these events are open to the public. Each lecture will be an hour long, with a 15-minute question-and-answer session afterward.

For information, contact Michael Hammock [].

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tatum Speaks at Entrepreneur Event

Doug Tatum, Wright Travel Chair in Entrepreneurship

"Frazier & Deeter and the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs sponsored an entrepreneur event on January 25 in Nashville. Speakers included Bo Burlingham, Cliff Oxford, and Doug Tatum. Tatum is the holder of the Wright Travel Chair in Entrepreneurship. He is a recognized expert on capital markets and entrepreneurial growth businesses, having testified before Congress on more than one occasion concerning the financing issues faced by growing companies. He was the founder and Chairman of the nation’s largest executive services firm, Tatum, LLC. Tatum is also the Chairman of Newport Board Group and its affiliated private equity firm, Evolution Capital partners. Tatum’s ideas concerning growth companies, private equity and the capital markets have been cited by leading media including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times, New York Times and MSNBC." [Read more

[photo slide show]

Midstate Consumers More Upbeat about Economy 

Local consumers have become more optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy, according to MTSU's Office of Consumer Research [Tim Graeff, director, Management and Marketing]. [more]