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San Antonio, Texas 78249

United States

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national rese ... more

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Journal of School Choice


Senior Fellow
National Center for Policy Analysis

Research Fellow
The Independent Institute

Education Policy Fellow
Kansas Policy Institute

Adjunct Fellow
Sutherland Institute

Senior Fellow
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Homestead Technologies Inc

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Education Policy Institute



Natural Resource Management

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Economic Geography

University of Illinois




University of Wyoming

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Center On Educational Excellence | Personnel | The Independent Institute [cached]

John Merrifield, Professor of Economics, University of Texas, San Antonio

About the NCPA’s Environment Team (E-Team) : NCPA's Energy and Environment Blog [cached]

John D. Merrifield John D. Merrifield is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy and Analysis, and a professor of economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held since 1987. Dr. Merrifield received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977, a Master of Arts in Economic Geography from the University of Illinois in 1979, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 1984.

New UTSA study shows how the US can avoid a debt disaster | EurekAlert! Science News

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A new study by John Merrifield, professor of economics at The University of Texas at San Antonio, describes a way for the United States to curb its spending and stop the growth of the astronomical national debt, which is now close to $20 trillion. According to Merrifield, the country could be headed for disaster if it doesn't start taking its spending problem seriously.

"We need to find a way to have less debt that's politically feasible," Merrifield said. "That's obvious. But how do you make it politically palatable to somehow restrain spending?"
Cutting spending is unpopular on both sides of the aisle for a number of reasons, but the most common excuse is that the government needs to be able to spend without limits in the case of a disaster. To eliminate that excuse, Merrifield and his co-author, Barry W. Poulson, retired professor of economics at the University of Colorado, have adapted Swiss and Swedish spending policies.
"Things happen and we can't foretell reasons to spend, so we need to eliminate the political cover of people who want to keep spending," Merrifield said.
However, Merrifield insists this is necessary to get the national debt under control.
"We've gotten ourselves into a pretty bad fix," he said. "If we had adopted these measures in 1994, today our national debt would be half of what it is now."
However, if Merrifield and Poulson's measures were adopted tomorrow, the debt would only be reduced by about 10% in 10 years, as a result of 20 years of reckless spending.
"Even if we restrict our rate of growth of spending, it's going to be a lot harder to move forward," Merrifield said. "The longer we wait to do something, the harder it's going to be to make much progress."
He and Poulson are set to meet with representatives from lawmakers and think tanks in Washington, D.C. in mid-November to discuss their findings and possible solutions to the problem.
"It's caught some people's attention," Merrifield said.

John D. Merrifield | Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research [cached]

John D. Merrifield

John D Merrifield John D. Merrifield, Ph.D. is a Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held since 1987. He is the author of four books, including The School Choice Wars, School Choices and Parental Choice as an Education Reform Catalyst: Global Lessons. Dr. Merrifield is the Editor of the Journal of School Choice. He has also written 45 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters in his primary teaching and research fields of education economics, urban and regional economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and public finance.
Dr. Merrifield received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977, an 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.

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John Merrifield, a professor of economics at the University of Texas-San Antonio, says meaningful legislation to change school funding is long overdue, and efforts such as the Taxpayers' Savings Grant Program (TSGP) legislation have unfortunately not passed into law. TSGP would reimburse parents for a portion of tuition costs or part of the child's allotted state average per-pupil spending, effectively saving the state money every time a child moved from a public school to a private school.

"The Taxpayer Savings Grant legislation[, Senate Bill 276 in the 2015 session,] substantially levels the playing field between the public school system and current and potential private schools of choice," said Merrifield. "SB 276 provides for fiscal savings, which is politically critical, and it wisely phases in eligibility for a savings grant to those school taxpayers that already use private schools-meaning, as [the late economist and school choice advocate] Milton Friedman said, families that now pay twice. Passage of SB 276 gradually eliminates the injustice of paying private school tuition after having paid the taxes that support the public school system.
"Passage of SB 276 would have been great, but we can do even better with a comparably funded approach to school choice expansion through tuition tax credits or education savings accounts," said Merrifield.

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