Qualify for the National Economics Challenge in New York City


  • The ECONChallenge is online!  Free opportunity to challenge your students knowledge and compete with teams from all over are state. 

  • Teams compete right in their own school!

From March-April, 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 opens in February each year.  Online competition portal opens in March.
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

Alliant Energy lgo