Thomas E. Merz

Thomas Merz


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


  • 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 and 2007 Visiting Fellow, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2008-2018 Associate Dean, College of Business
  • 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 (Houghton, MI), and Erin (Bend, OR), and two grandsons, Jax (San Diego), Thomas Joseph (Houghton), and one granddaughter, Audrey Mae (Houghton). Mimi and I have visited the 7 continents and 81 countries.

Teaching Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory

Research Interests

  • Game theory
  • Public sector economics
  • Microeconomic theory