Arkansas Economics Challenge

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the country’s only economics competition of its kind for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy. In early 2021, The Arkansas Center for Research in Economics and Economics Arkansas will be co-hosting a day-long state-level competition for Arkansas high school student teams interested in competing for a spot at the regional and national competitions!

About the Competition:

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, and to encourage teamwork and school spirit. In 2019, more than 10,000 high school students from the US and 2,300 from China participated. The National Economics Challenge is one of CEE’s key initiatives to focus public attention on the benefits of economic literacy and the need for a high-quality, standards-based economics curriculum in every state.

Teachers may register teams of three-to-four high school students. Teams first compete on the state level, with the top team from the state moving on to a regional competition.

The competition runs in two divisions:
David Ricardo Division: For first-time challenge competitors who have taken no more than one economics course
Adam Smith Division: For AP, international baccalaureate, and honors students, as well as any students who have previously participated in an Econ Challenge

Winning teams can win prizes, scholarships, and the chance to move on to the next stage of Econ Challenge.

Learn more:

Planning is underway for Arkansas Econ Challenge 2021. To stay informed or get involved, please fill out this short interest form below, and an event organizer will reach out to you.

Arkansas Economics Challenge