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National Economics Challenge

Enter the 2021 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 2021, Semi-Finals and Finals competitions will be held entirely online. 

HOW IT WORKS

Teachers register teams of three-to-four high school students.  State-level competitions are run by the Council for Economic Education affiliates that organize them. For information on your local/state competition, contact your state coordinator, who can be found through the registration page. 

National Semi-Finals will be scheduled by region to be held on one day between May 3-May 20. This round will be conducted as an online test. 

The National Finals will include a critical thinking round and virtual quiz bowl where students have the opportunity to present to and answer questions from economists and financial professionals. This round will be held May 22-24. 

AWARDS

Each student team member as well as one coach from the top four USA teams will receive a medal and certificate of their accomplishment as well as a cash prize corresponding to their team’s rank in the National Finals: 

1st place: $1,000 
2nd place: $500 
3rd place: $250 

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THE COMPETITION RUNS IN TWO DIVISIONS:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION


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

ADAM SMITH DIVISION


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

An abundance of study materials, including the NEC Teacher Toolkit, are available so you can feel confident that your students can be prepared and ready to compete.  

Teachers, you can register today! You can form any number of teams, so the NEC can be a great classroom activity. Find your local economics challenge and learn how to form teams here: councilforeconed.org/register.

Students, feel free to share this link with potential teacher/coaches and teammates! Let your teachers know they can register today!  


WATCH FINALISTS FROM NEC 2020!

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, and to encourage teamwork and school spirit.  More than 20,000 high school students participate most years. The National Economics Challenge is one of CEE’s key initiatives to focus public attention on the benefits of economic literacy and the need for a high-quality, standards-based economics curriculum in every state. 


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