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The Maryland Economics Challenge is an academic competition that provides high school students the opportunity to learn and then demonstrate knowledge and application of economics during a one day academic competition. It is the only program of its kind that tests micro and macroeconomic principals as well as knowledge of the world economy.

Student teams from high schools across the state compete with the excitement of an athletic competition to be recognized as the Maryland State Champion. The winning team is invited to represent Maryland at the National Economics Challenge Competition.

Prizes and Recognition

State Winners

All team members and their teacher/advisor receive a cash prize.

First Place - $250, Second Place - $125

National Winners

All student team members receive a cash prize and an all expense paid trip to Finals in NYC.

First Place - $2,000, Second Place - $1,000, Third Place $500, Fourth Place $250

The competition provides an opportunity for students to compete in two divisions:


Targeted for first time challenge competitors who have taken no more than one economics course.


Targeted for AP, International baccalaureate, and honors students (as well as any returning competitors)

Teacher/Advisor Toolkit

Learn more about the Maryland Econ Challenge including Registration, Key Dates, and Rules. 

Discover the details about the National Economics Challenge including How it Works, Awards, Preparation Materials, Practice Tests, Rules and Eligibility and more.

Study materials provided by the Council on Economic Education.

On demand webinar series on topics related to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics provided by the Council on Economic Education. 

Watch the winning presentation from the 2020 Econ Challenge.

Get your students excited to participate in the Econ Challenge by sharing this short video.

The rules include details about team divisions, team composition, student eligibility, and more.

See if you’ve got what it takes to compete in the National Economics Challenge℠ by completing the following sample tests.

Search the library for tests and questions.


  • Semi-Finals will consist of forty-five questions covering microeconomics, macroeconomics, international and current events and will be held online between April 24-28, 2023. The top teams in each division will be invited to the National Economics Challenge Finals. 
  • Finals will be held in person May 20 – 23, 2023 and will consist of a Critical Thinking Round and Quiz Bowl for the top scoring teams. Location to be determined.

Maryland Finals: To be announced