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The King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) was established in 2012 to
expand the scope of the King University Regional Economic Studies (KCRES) team. A small KCRES
team was formed in 2010 within King’s School of Business to provide analysis of economic
problems and opportunities confronting the region served by King University. Four
reports were published under the KCRES banner from December 2010 through May 2012.
All reports published by KCRES and KIRES are listed below.
The KIRES has broadened the original mission of the KCRES team to a threefold mission:
to build a knowledge base of the regional economy, to inform public and private decision-making
and to provide an opportunity for King students to participate in research projects.
The co-directors of KIRES are Dr. Sam Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org), associate professor of Finance and Economics, and Dr. Randall Blevins (email@example.com), dean of the School of Business.
The Institute publishes up to two full reports per year, in the spring and fall semesters.
Occasional reports, primarily student research, will be published as the research
The following reports are now available:
East Tennessee Economy Has Largely Rebounded from the Great Recession, According to
King University Study, But Areas of Concern Remain, February 2018
An Economic and Statistical Analysis of the Retail Sector in the Tri-Cities, January
Contribution of Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing to the Knoxville Metropolitan Economy, February 2017
An Economic and Statistical Analysis of the "War on Coal," July 2016
Regional Economic Impacts of Social Security Benefits and Other Government Transfer
Payment Programs, March 2016
Measuring Retail’s Contribution to the Tri-Cities Economic Base, September 2015
Demographics of an Aging Southwest Virginia: Implications for the Regional Economy, May 2015
Replacing Coal Mining Jobs:Marginal Economic Impacts of Selected Industries in Southwest
Virginia, February 2015
Evaluating the Job Creation Potential of Large Scale Retail Development in the Tri-Cities, April 2014
A Methodology to Rank Industries According to their Marginal Economic Impact: Case
Studies for the First Congressional District of Tennessee and the Knoxville Metro
Area, January 2014
The Role of Health Care in the Knoxville Area Economy: Trends and Economic Impacts, September 2013
Analysis of the Economy of the First Congressional District of Tennessee with Emphasis
on the Manufacturing Sector, May 2013
Economic Impacts of Job Losses in the Coal Mining Industry, February 2013
Banking Practices and Needs of the Low Income Population of Southwest, Virgina, January 2013.
The Role of Health Care in the Tri-Cities Economy: Trends, Projections and Economic Impacts, November, 2012.
Economic Impact Multipliers for the Coalfield Region of Southwestern Virginia, May, 2012.
Local Labor Markets: Job Loss During the 2007-09 Recession and Links to the National Economy, August, 2011.
Gasoline Price Forecast Model, April, 2011.
Economic Impact Multipliers for the Mountain Empire Region , December, 2010.