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Maryland Economics Challenge


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.

Congratulations to Mt. Hebron High School: Winners of the National Economics Challenge, David Ricardo and Adam Smith Divisions!!

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

2024 Econ Challenge Dates 


  • Online Testing: March 18-March 22 (noon)   
  • Critical Thinking Round (Virtual): April 9th and April 11th

Nationals - 

  • Semi-Finals National Challenge Online Testing: April 22nd – April 26th
  • Nationals: June 1-June 3, New York City (Tentative)

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) Dual enrollment students may participate as long as the course is taught by a secondary teacher. 

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.

The rules include details about team divisions, team composition (which have been changed), student 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.

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.

Sample Critical Thinking Round Examples

Practice AP Questions

Registration Information

To learn more about participating in the 2024 Maryland Economics Challenge contact Mary Metzler, Director of Student Programs, mmetzler@towson.edu.

To register your teams, please contact Dawn Baker  at  dbaker@towson.edu

Congratulation to the 2023 Maryland Economics Challenge winners!

Adam Smith Division

  • 1st Place, Marriotts Ridge High, Mark Dubbs, Advisor
  • 2nd Place, Mt. Hebron High, Vann Prime Advisor

David Ricardo Davison

  • 1st Place, Mt Hebron High, Vann Prime Advisor
  • 2nd Place, Richard Montgomery High, Douglas McDonald, Advisor

2022 Maryland Economics Challenge State Winners

ADAM SMITH DIVISION - National Second Runner-up

Mt. Hebron High, Howard County

Advisor: Vann Prime

TEAM MEMBERS:  David Lieman, Sahith Mada, Summit Sarkar, Dhishan Reddy

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION - National Third Runner-up

Mt. Hebron High, Howard County

Advisor: Vann Prime

TEAM MEMBERS:  Alex Nath, Nandhu Pillai, Diego Salamanca

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Towson, MD  21252-0001

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