Welcome to the National Economics Challenge!

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the nation’s most prestigious high school economics competition. Each year, over 10,500 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.

Just In: The 2016 National Economics Challenge Finalists

The results are in and we are pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2016 National Economics Challenge! These eight teams had the highest scores in the semi-final rounds of the Adam Smith and David Ricardo Divisions and will be participating in the Finals in New York City on May 21st-23rd.

The teams that have earned a trip to compete in New York City are:


View the Semi-Final rankings.

The Competitions

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


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 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.

*In total, more than $20K in prizes will be awarded at the National Economics Challenge in 2016.

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Do you have what it takes?

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