Thomas E Merz

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Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics

Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

  • PhD, Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1980
  • MA, Economics, Miami (Ohio) University, 1974
  • BA, Economics, Youngstown State University, 1971

Biography

  • 1978-80 Instructor Miami  (Ohio) University; 1980 arrived at Michigan Tech
  • 1990-91 Visiting Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 1994-2006 Houghton City Council; 1996-2006 Mayor of Houghton
  • 1996-present (with 2 years off) Houghton City Planning Commission
  • 2006 & 2007 Visiting Fellow, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2008-present Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics
  • 2009-present Board of Directors, Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation Smartzone
  • 2012 Visiting Professor, Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2014 Visiting Professor, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.

My wife, Mimi, and I have three daughters: Courtney (San Diego, CA), Laura (Madison, WI) and Erin (Portland, OR) and one grandson, Jax (San Diego) and one granddaughter, Audrey (Madison). Mimi and I have visited the 7 continents and nearly 70 countries.

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Recent Publications

  • A. J. Brokaw and P. Joyce and T. E. Merz, “Voting Procedures as Instruments for Active Learning in Game Theory Classes: An Experimental Approach,” (Volume 8, Spring 2012-13) Perspectives on Economic Education Research.
  • Brokaw, A. J., Merz, T. E., Seigel, M. A. (2009). "An Exploratory Examination of Consumer Behavior and the Fear of Rare Events," (pp. 118-123). 2009 Annual Conference of the Marketing Management Association.