EconChallenge

Get ready for the New Jersey State Econ Challenge ONLINE!

The 2019 New Jersey State Econ Challenge ONLINE! is underway!

The New Jersey State Econ Challenge ONLINE! is a fun and free way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their knowledge of economics. 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 2019, there will be two high school divisions in the New Jersey State Econ Challenge ONLINE!. All high school students are eligible to participate.

Teachers and students throughout New Jersey will be able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. Each team will complete online exams that cover topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events for a chance to participate in the National Semifinals and the National Finals. At the National Finals in New York City, the title is decided in a heated competition in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl round.

There is no cost to either teachers or students to participate in the New Jersey State Econ Challenge ONLINE! competition

Eligibility

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 2018-2019 academic year. See complete eligibility rules at https://www.councilforeconed.org/teacher-toolkits/.

Prizes

New Jersey Competition:

  • All participating teams will receive certificates of participation.
  • The winning team will advance to the National Semifinals Competition on April 17, 2019 (April 24, 2019*). *Make up test date for schools that are on spring break on 4/17/19 or have a valid reason will test on 4/24/19.

National Semifinals:

  • The top eight teams in each division from around the country will advance to the National Finals in New York City, where they will compete for the national title.
  • See complete National Semifinal information at https://www.councilforeconed.org/teacher-toolkits/.

National Finals:

  • The top eight teams in each division from the National Semifinals will be selected to attend the National Finals in New York City on May 18-20, 2019. Teams will compete for top awards and honors in a three-day trip and celebration.
  • Each member of the winning team and their teacher will receive a cash prize, as well as medals and a championship trophy.
  • The runner-up teams and their teachers will also receive a cash prize and medals.
  • See complete National Finals information at https://www.councilforeconed.org/teacher-toolkits/

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.

Divisions

The Adam Smith division includes teams of students, currently or previously, enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP Micro, AP Macro, or AP Micro and Macro), International Baccalaureate (pre-IB and IB), honors, two courses, or any other advanced courses in economics (including courses taught by a secondary teacher where students earn college credit). The course must be taught by a secondary teacher. Students may participate in the Adam Smith division multiple times.

The David Ricardo division includes teams of students currently or previously enrolled in one general economics course (or less), or courses which include introductory economic concepts (social studies, business, personal finance, etc.). The course must be taught by a secondary teacher. Students who have never taken an economics course are eligible to compete. Students may only participate in the David Ricardo division one time.

Timeline

Once registered online and activated by the challenge coordinator, teachers can immediately start to create their teams.

Complete information about dates for New Jersey can be found on the "Dates and Times" menu item to the left. Once the Challenge begins, students from around the state will be able to demonstrate their economic literacy through an online rapid fire exam.