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A program in partnership with the Federal Reserve bank of San Francisco 

Register your student teams for the 2020 NEC

Registered teachers: Refer a teacher who participates in the NEC and you both receive a free economics book! Click here to learn more.

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 for a chance to participate in the National Semifinals and the National Finals, in Newark, New Jersey, 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 4, 2020

Last day to register: March 4, 2020 (one week before online testing ends)

Take the online test!

Monday, February 24, 2020 – Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Prepare with your students for the online test.

State Finalists Announced

Friday, March 18, 2020 at 1 PM PST

Finalists move on to in-person Northern and Southern state finals.

In-Person State Finals

Northern Finals: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Southern Finals: Monday, March 30, 2020

Qualifiers move on to in-person Northern and Southern state finals.

Online Semi-Finals

April 15, 2020

State Finalists go head to head in an online test to qualify the ultimate State Champion.

Travel to New Jersey for National Finals

May 16 – 18, 2020

The state champions travel to Newark, New Jersey to compete with their counterparts from across the country!

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