Qualify for the about the National Economics Challenge

Wisconsin ECONChallenge Competition

  • The ECONChallenge is now online!  No transportation costs, permission slips or lost class time. 

  • Teams compete right in their own school!

Every year the EconomicsWisconsin in collaboration with the National Council for Economic Education, hosts the Economics Challenge.  The Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Economic Literacy by competing with other students across the state in written and “Quiz Bowl” examinations.

Students and teachers in Wisconsin begin the challenge by participating in a preliminary first round of the Challenge online. In the first round each team of three to four students in two divisions will complete online exams that cover topics in macro, micro and international economics.

The top high school team in each division in the spring competition will be invited to participate in the National semi-finals.

Division Eligibility

All high school students are eligible. No formal courses in economics are required. Any team of students interested in economics is encouraged to compete. Schools may enter multiple teams in their qualifying divisions.


The “Adam Smith” Division is restricted to students enrolled in any two semester econ macro and micro course sequence or any course labeled as AP, IB, honors, or differentiated. Additionally, if you previously participated in the David Ricardo Division, you must register for Adam Smith in this year’s competition.

The “David Ricardo” Division is restricted to students enrolled in one-semester or less high school course not labeled as AP, IB, honors, differentiated, or college level.


Registration is FREE and EASY!

  1. Register as a teacher/coach. Your registration will be reviewed (within 48 hours) and approved, then…
  2. Log back in and create your team(s) of 4 students in the appropriate division (competing with 3 team members is acceptable, if necessary).
  3. Download unique access codes for each of your team members. Each access code must be used by the student for whom it was created.
  4. Have each team member visit the National Economics Challenge portal, click on “Student Access,” and complete the information requested.

Rules, practice tests, and more information on preparing for the competition can be found on the CEE Website.

See Rules & Registration

This competition is made possible by these generous sponsors:

 Argosy Foundation

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