National Economics Challenge


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  • Introduction: The National Economics Challenge is hosted by the Council for Economic Education, a long-standing organization committed to equipping K-12 students with knowledge and tools of personal finance and economics. National Economics Challenge is the only annual economic competition for high school students. The competition tests students on their knowledge of the world economy, specifically microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international and current events. In 2019, more than 10,000 high school students participated in 45 states nationwide.
  • Competition Format: Three to four high school students form a group to participate in one of the three divisions (David Ricardo, Adam Smith, Milton Friedman). Within each division, there will be 3 rounds of competition: Round 1 – Microeconomics, Round 2 – Macroeconomics, and Round 3 – International Economics and Current Events.
  • Eligibility: High school students from all schools wthin the U.S. can participate. There are two levels of the competition, one for high school students from 15 to 18 years old and one for middle school students.
  • Deadline: Varies
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