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About the National Economics Challenge

The National Economics Challenge is a great way for students to flex their intellectual muscle & test their economic content knowledge by competing with other students from across the state. All high school & middle school students are eligible to participate in their respective divisions. Teachers & students throughout California are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints.

Each team will complete online exams that cover macroeconomics and microeconomics content for a chance to participate in the National Semifinals and the National Finals, where the title is decided in a heated competition in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl round.

How It Works

Register Student Teams

December – March 21, 2021

Last day to register: March 21, 2021

Take the online test!

Sunday, March 21, 2021 – Thursday, April 8, 2021

Prepare with your students for the online test.

State Finalists Announced

Monday, April 12, 2021

Finalists move on to state finals.

State Finals

David Ricardo Division: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Adam Smith Division Finals: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

National Semi-Finals

May 18, 2021

State Finalists go head to head in an online test to qualify for Finals

National Finals

May 22 – 24, 2021

The state champions compete with their counterparts from across the country for the grand prize and title of National Economics Challenge Champion!

2020 National Economics Challenge Highlights

April 13, 2020 + April 21, 2020

As statewide school closures were rapidly implemented in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Council on Economic Education worked to quickly transition the upcoming National Economics Challenges state finals to an online format. Students from Northern and Southern California convened via Zoom in order to compete in both the intermediate David Ricardo division and the advanced Adam Smith division. Watch their impressive performance!

2020 National Economics Challenge State Champions

David Ricardo Division

Second Place

The Harker School

San Jose, California

Teacher: Samuel Lepler

Vinay Sudarsanam, Vedant Kenkare, and Alex Zhang

First Place

Saratoga High School

Saratoga, California

Teacher: Emily Wu

Marcus Kuo, Vicky Bai, Anirudh Balepur, and Jason Lin

Third Place

Woodside High School

Woodside, California

Teacher: Ramie Macioce

Andrew Engel, Kawika Tu, Emma Klemperer, and Abigail Heaton

Adam Smith Division

Second Place

The Harker School

San Jose, California

Teacher: Samuel Lepler

Michelle Si, Bryan Zhang, Helen Li, and Jason Lin

First Place

The Harker School

San Jose, California

Teacher: Damon Halback

Karan Bhasin, Gabe Yang, N Wang, and Preston Ellis

Third Place

Saratoga High School

Saratoga California

Teacher: Emily Wu

Henry Weng, Nilay Mishra, George Bian, and Andy Chen

Middle School Division

Second Place

Sam H. Lawson Middle School

Cupertino, California

Teacher: Karen Miller

Swarnya Srivastava, Tahlia Wu, Shridhula Srinivasan, Niharika Nambiar

First Place

Redwood Middle School

Saratoga, California

Teacher: Emily Wu

Emily Wu, Timothy Leung, Andrew Lin, Brad Ma

Third Place

Redwood Middle School

Saratoga, California

Teacher: Emily Wu

Fiona Yan, Andy Zhou, Michelle Wan

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