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.

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

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