Dr. Merrifield is a professor of economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held since 1987. He is the editor of the Journal of School Choice and director of the E.G. West Institute for Effective Schooling.
He received a BS in natural resource management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977, a M.A. in economic geography from the University of Illinois in 1979, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming in 1984.
Dr. Merrifield is a first generation German immigrant. He accompanied his mother, (now) Dr. Doris Merrifield-Leffingwell, to the United States in 1960 at the age of 5. He resides in downtown San Antonio, Texas with his wife Gayla, and their human children, Christopher and Joshua (6 and 5), and their four-legged children Roxy, Ted, Lindsay and Ditto.
He has published several books including The School Choice Wars, School Choices, Parental Choice as an Education Reform Catalyst: Global Lessons, Basic Economic Tools, and over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and several chapters in edited books in his primary teaching and research fields of education economics, urban and regional economics, environmental and natural resource economics and public finance. He is teaching a new fully online course on School System Reform Studies this coming fall through UTSA’s Extended Education Office.
“The Property Value Effects of Universal Tuition Vouchers,” with Adzima, Nesbit and Gunasekara, Journal of Housing Research, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2011, pp. 225-238.
“Simulation of a Constitutional Spending Limit for a Conservative State: With Dynamic Adjustment and Sensitivity Analysis,” with Monson, Public Budgeting and Finance, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2011, pp. 1-25.
“An Education Freedom Index,” Journal of School Choice, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2011, pp. 319-349.
“Treatment Effect of Schooling on Academic Performance: Evidence from Developing Countries,” with Tooley, Bao and Dixon, Journal of School Choice, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011, pp. 1-39.
“The Potential for System-Friendly K-12 Reform,” Cato Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2009, pp. 373-387.
"The School Choice Evidence and its Significance," Journal of School Choice, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2008, pp. 223-259.
"Sensitivity Analysis in Benefit-Cost Analysis: the Key to Increased Use and Acceptance," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1997, pp. 82-92.
"A Market Approach to Conserving Biodiversity," Ecological Economics, Vol. 16, 1996, pp. 217-226.