department of economics

Chafee Hall, Room 806, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Art Mead

  • Professor
  • Chafee 803 - Office Hours: M 4:30 - 6:00; Tu 3:30 - 6:00 Th 10:30 - 11:30 and By Appointment
  • Phone: 401.874.4123
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Professor Mead taught at Boston College and Simmons College in Boston and worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research before coming to URI. Since that time he has taught a variety of courses in the Department and taught, with Judith Swift, two additional film courses in the Honors Program – “Money and Misery” and “War Stories.” With Professor McIntyre, he also developed a Master’s level course in Macroeconomics and National Security for the Defense Leadership and Management Program that focused on the development of macroeconomics and geopolitics since the 1920s.

At the present time he continues teaching his favorite course, ECN306, and since the Fall of 2004 he has been teaching large sections – 350-450 students – of ECN201 and ECN202. In addition to these ECN courses, he has also taught “Internet and the Economy” and “Made in China”  in the Honors Program where he is currently teaching a course on sustainability. In 2004 Professor Mead received the Honors Faculty of the Year Award, and in the following year he joined Ric McIntyre and Glen Ramsay as the third member of the Department to win the University Teaching Excellence Award.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Professor Mead has raised the funds that support the Rayack Scholarship and Dirlam Research Award, and spent time as the Department’s Director for student internships and undergraduate advisor.

His research interests are in the areas of regional economic performance, demographics, and the economics of higher education. His work has appeared in the Providence Journal and the Providence Business News.

When he is not involved with his students he can be found sailing (in the ‘off-season’) and soon he will be returning to the gym working on his jump shot at noontime basketball.


Ph.D., Boston College, 1978


Swonger, Alvin K. and Mead, Arthur C., “Program-Level Contribution Analysis: A Tool for Guiding Management at a University,” Public Productivity & Management Review22: 2 (December 1998): 177-206.

Mead, Arthur C., “Algebra and Social Security: A Perfect Fit,” The Journal of Economic Education 29: 1 (Winter, 1998): 47-53.

Made in China,” in L. Welters and A. Lillethun (eds), The Fashion Reader, Oxford: Berg, 419-24. 2007

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