Welcome to the National Economics Challenge Wild Card Competition!

Please note that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact those inolved in the competition, we will monitor the situation and make timing decisions based on any changes as it evolves. 

If you’re here after selecting your state on the map (, you are in the right place! If your state is not currently offering its own competition, you are invited to participate in the National Economics Challenge Wild Card Competition. 

Adam Smith Teams Advancing to Semi-Finals (listed alphabetically):

  • Baton Rouge Magnet High School
    • Student last names: Wu, Nho, Okeil, Zheng
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
    • Student last names: Zhang, Spencer, Greve, Zhu
  • F. W. Buchholz High School
    • Student lasy names: Zheng, Jeong, Dang, Fahn
  • Lexington High School
    • Student last names: Man, Xia, Peng, Li


David Ricardo Teams Advancing to Semi-Finals (listed alphabetically):

  • Tesla STEM High School
    • Student last names: Mahesh, Sheth, Soh, Srinivasan
  • Newton South High
    • Student last names: Mileguir, Shoshani, Li, Walker
  • The Academy of Information Technology
    • Student lasy names: Bonanno, Colangelo, Fofang, Schweber
  • West High
    • Student last names: Gray, Gorman, Ahmed, Rizavi

The Wild Card Competition is an online exam that will determine two teams, one for each of the NEC’s divisions, to advance to the National Semi-Finals of the National Economics Challenge. Teams of three-to-four high school students have a period of 3 hours to complete the exam, during which each member will be tested individually on micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy, for up to 35 minutes.


  • Wild Card Competition registration period: January 1 - May 7, 2020 
  • Wild Card Competition exam period: March 2 – May 7, 2020
  • National Semi-Finals (online): May 13, 2020 (Make-up date May 14 – See rules section)
  • National Finals (online): May 16 – May 18, 2020)

At the National Finals, teams compete for the national championship in their division as well as cash prizes in the following amounts for each team member plus one teacher coach:
1st place: $1,000 | 2nd place: $500 | 3rd place: $250 | 4th place: $200

Let’s get started! Teachers, register now at the “teacher registration” button on the left! Learn more in the menu below. There is no fee for teachers/coaches or students to participate. There is no limit to the number of teams that can register, so this makes a great class activity.

The National Economics Challenge is a program of the Council for Economic Education (CEE).