Jim Leady

Assistant Department Chair, Associate Teaching Professor

Jim  Leady

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Jim Leady brings expertise in the areas of agent-based simulations and experimental economics to the economics courses he teaches to both undergraduate and graduate students. He advises the undergraduate Finance Club and mentors through programs at Notre Dame and South Bend schools. He also serves as Co-Chair of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Microeconomics Test Development Committee and on the leadership team for the AP Microeconomics Exam Reading.

Prior to joining Mendoza in 2006, Leady taught courses in public finance, labor economics, game theory, intermediate microeconomics, and principles of economics at Centre College in Danville, KY and at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Leady earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan as well as an MA in Economics and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Complex Systems. He graduated with a BS in Economics from West Point.

Leady continues to serve as a major in the US Army Reserve as the Executive Officer of the 766th Transportation Battalion. His most recent deployment was to Kuwait in 2015-2016.

Areas of Expertise

Agent-Based Economics

Experimental Economics


Ph D, University of Michigan

Certificate of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan

MA, University of Michigan

BS, United States Military Academy


Managerial Economics

Economic Analysis

Macroeconomic Analysis


"Essays on Bounded Rationality and Strategic Behavior in Experimental and Computational Economics", UMI Dissertation Publishing / ProQuest, 2011.