Welcome to the National Economics Challenge!

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the nation’s only high school economics competition. Each year, over 11,000 students across the U.S. participate in the competition. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events. Save the date!

The Competitions

Competitions are held at the State, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels for high school students in two divisions:

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State winners advance to the National Semi-Finals. From there, the top four highest scoring teams in the two divisions are selected to attend the National Finals in New York City for a three-day all-expenses-paid trip and celebration to compete for top awards and honors*:

NEC Champion Medal - $1,000
NEC Second Place Medal - $500
NEC Third Place Medal - $250
NEC Fourth Place Medal - $200

*In total, more than $20K in prizes will be awarded at the National Economics Challenge in 2017.

In addition to the awards listed above, CEE will be presenting The Russell Glass Individual Achievement Award to the top Adam Smith Division scholar for best individual achievement based on his/her combined test score (Round 1-3) and overall presentation skills.  

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