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Welcome to the National Economics Challenge!

Oregon State Economics Competition

Engage your students by challenging them!  High school students from across the state will take an online quiz to see if they can answer more questions about economics than their peers.  The results are ranked, and the top teams will be invited to compete at the Oregon State Economics Challenge Finals Competition on Friday, April 12*.  The state finals will have 3 rounds, followed by a head-to-head quiz bowl round for the two top-scoring teams.  See below for more details about the competition and how to register.


Educator registration is open!  Click on the green TEACHER REGISTRATION button to your left on this page.  (Teachers who have registered in the past do not need to complete the registration again.)


*The date for the state finals is subject to change based on availability of the teams who qualify.

About the Competitions:

There are competitions in two divisions so even students who have never taken an economics class can participate:

ADAM SMITH DIVISION--The "Adam Smith" Division is restricted to students who are enrolled in either a two-semester macro and micro economics course sequence, or any economics course labeled as AP, IB, honors, or differentiated. Additionally, students who have participated in the Economics Challenge before must register for the Adam Smith Division.

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION--The "David Ricardo" Division is for students who are not eligible to compete in the Adam Smith Division.

Competition Dates: 

  • March 1 - March 30 - Oregon Economics Challenge ONLINE Round 1: - Teams in each division log in and face the Challenge to determine who will qualify to face off in person at the Oregon Economics Challenge Final Competition.  Teams advancing will be informed by April 3.
  • April 12, 2024* - Oregon Economics Challenge Finals:  The Top David Ricardo and Adam Smith teams compete in three rounds and a Quiz Bowl.  The winner will advance to National Semifinals. The Oregon State champions will be announced at the conclusion of the competition.
  • May National Semifinals: The Oregon State Champion will compete in the National Semifinals. The Semifinals round will be an online test held simultaneously at the schools of all state champions. Principals will be responsible for identifying a test room and a proctor, and for affirming that test conditions were conducive to ensuring fair results.
  • Late May National Economics Challenge Finals - The top four qualifying teams in each division will be invited to compete for the national title. Each member of the winning team and their teacher will receive a cash prize, as well as medals and a trophy. The runner-up teams and their teachers will also receive a cash prize and medals. Travel expenses for the National Finals will be paid by CEE.

*Date is subject to change based on availability of the teams.

Webinars for more information:

Navigating the National Economics Challenge

Join us to learn the ins and outs of participating in the online portion of the economics challenge.   Topics:  how to register, how to create your student teams, and how to obtain your individual and team scores, how to move on to the national semi-finals and national finals. Presented by Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council of Economic Education.

Preparing Your Students for the National Economics Challenge

How to Successfully Compete in the Economics Challenge. A Coach of five National Economics Challenge Championship Teams, Dick Rankin, will deliver his tips on how to prepare for the Economics Challenge Competition and how teachers' economic courses are enhanced by participation in the Economics Challenge. Presented by Dick Rankin, Iolani School

Please contact OCEE if you have questions or need assistance: