Welcome to the CCEE National Economics Challenge!
The California Council on Economic Education's National Economics Challenge is a great way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic content knowledge. Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, the Challenge encourages students to apply their economics knowledge by competing with other students from across the state.
In 2021, there will be two divisions for high school students and one division for middle school students in the National Economics Challenge. All high school and middle school students are eligible to participate in their respective divisions.
Teachers and students throughout California will be able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. All competitions associated with the National Economics Challenge for California students will take place in virtual, real-time environments.
Each team will complete online exams that cover topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events for a chance to participate in the Statwide Finals by division. State Final winners will face other winners from nearby state in the National Semifinals with the potential to compete in the National Finals.
There is no cost to either teachers or students to participate in the National Economics Challenge competition.
Any team of students interested in economics is encouraged to compete and schools may enter multiple teams. All members of a team must be enrolled for high school credit at some time during the 2020-2021 academic year. See complete 2021 National Economic Challenge Rules and rules by clicking here.
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 courses labeled AP, IB, honors, differentiated, or college level. Any economics course as a two-semester course also falls in this division.
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. If a student previously competed in the National Economics Challenge in the David Ricardo Division, they must compete in the Adam Smith Division.
Middle school students will compete in the "Middle School" division.
Students do not have to have taken or currently be in an economics course in order to participate.
The decision regarding the best division for a team is ultimately the choice of the teacher/coach; however, teams are encouraged to compete in the division that would challenge them the most.
There is no cost to either teachers or students to participate in the EconChallenge ONLINE!
Your team's journey to the National Championship starts by clicking here for registration.
- January 17: Registration Opens Teachers can sign up for the competition and register their teams of students.
- March 21 - April 8: Let the games begin! Teams can take the online preliminary test appropriate to their division
- David Ricardo beginner
- Adam Smith advanced
- Middle School
- April 12: State Finalist teams for each division are announced on CCEE website and notified by email
- April 27: (David Ricardo Division) State Final The top scoring teams for the David Ricardo division compete for the State Championship!
- April 28: (Adam Smith Division) State Final The top scoring teams for the Adam Smith division compete for the State Championship!
- National Semi-finals Each team who advances from state competition completes a proctored exam to be held on May 18, 2021.
- May 22 - 24: National Finals Top teams from the National semifinals will compete in the live, virtual finals hosted by the national Council for Economic Education.
For more information, please visit our dates and times page.
Deadline for registration and test completion is 5PM on April 8!