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National Economics Challenge

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the country’s only economics competition of its kind for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy.  

This motivating and fun team learning experience begins with competitions at the state level. The winning team from each state moves on to the National Semi-Finals from which the top-scoring teams advance to compete for the National Title. For spring 2022, the First Round National Challenge and National Semi-Finals will be held online. The four teams advancing to the National Finals will travel to New York City on an all-expense paid trip to compete in-person.   

The competition runs in two divisions:


For first-time Challenge competitors who have taken no more than one economics course.


For AP, international baccalaureate, and honors students (as well as any returning competitors).

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