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

Prior to arriving in Houghton in 1980, I was a Visiting Instructor at Miami (Ohio) University. In 1990-91, I was a Visiting Fellow at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. In 1994, I was elected to my first of three 4-year terms on the Houghton City Council serving as Mayor from 1996-2006. I was a Visiting Research Fellow at Curtin University of Technology in Perth July-November 2006 and July-August of 2007 and a visiting lecturer at Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2012. I currently hold an Adjunct Professorship in The School of Economics and Finance at Curtin University. My wife, Mimi, and I have visited the 7 continents and travel remains one of our passions.

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,” (forthcoming 2013-14) 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.
  • Merz, T. E., Do, H. (2007). "Voting Procedures as Instruments for Active Learning in Game Theory Classes," (1st ed., vol. 3, pp. 65-78). Perspectives on Economic Education Research.