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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 First Round National Challenge to compete for their spot in the National Semi-Finals. The top four teams in the semi-finals will advance and receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National Finals in New York City on June 6.  

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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