Leave a comment for Merle, visit his guest book here. Για τους ακροατές μου στην Ελλάδα, εδώ. (For a message to Greek listeners, click here.)
Merle’s daddy was a coal miner. His momma was a certified financial planner.
The online reference Investopedia is a good place to turn to for explanations of financial concepts that Merle mentions in some of his songs. Some photos of Merle are here.
Merle loves for his music to be used in the classroom. Dick Bryan, a finance professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, has left a comment in the guest book about his use of the songs there.
Merle’s videos have also been used in the classroom at Vanderbilt University and the University of the Pacific.
John Taylor, a distinguished monetary policy theorist, has played “Inflation or Deflation” to his economics class at Stanford. You can see Taylor quote the song at the very end of this report from the PBS NewsHour (with Jim Lehrer). This special version of the song, integrating the music with a discussion between Prof. Taylor and Merle, is particularly suited for classroom use. Separately, deep down in the publicly-released minutes of a Stanford University faculty meeting, you’ll once again find John Taylor quoting one of Merle’s lyrics in order to explain the threat of inflation. Merle has made the pages of a German academic journal, Wirtschaftsdienst (in German, on page 511 of this document). The article, Inflation oder deflation?, is in volume 89, no. 8.
Doug Gentry, of Southern Oregon University, played “Old Time Recession” to his Principles of Macroeconomics class, during a part of the course in which they studied the Great Depression and the big 2008-2009 recession. In Merle’s guest book, Doug has commented, “I’m getting several references to it in student answers to some recent test questions. Must have made an impact!”
In the comments, a student at University of Kansas reports references to Merle by his professor in an Accounting 200 class.
Merle sang at the 2010 and 2015 annual conventions of the American Economic Association.
The research head of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve quoted Merle epigrammatically at the start of this 2010 talk.