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How it Works

Welcome to the Economics Challenge ONLINE!


Every year the Maryland Council on Economic Education, with support from the Council on Economic Education, hosts the Economics Challenge Program.

The Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Economics by competing with other students across the state.

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 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.

The decision regarding the best division for a team is ultimately the choice of the teacher; however, teams are encouraged to compete in the division that would challenge them the most.


Registration for the EconChallenge ONLINE! begins on January 22, 2024. Once registered, teachers will be able to create their student teams.

Online competition dates for Maryland can be found on the "Date and Time" menu item to the left. Once it begins, students from across Maryland will be able to demonstrate their economic knowledge through an online rapid fire exam.