2014 Massachusetts Economics Challenge

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An invitation to the Massachusetts Economics Challenge from Dr. Dorothy R. Siden, Massachusetts State Coordinator and director of the Center for Economic Education at Salem State University.

It's happening now, it is online this year and it's not too late to join the fun!

Any Massachusetts teacher can sign up and register his/her high school or middle school students. Once you have registered as a teacher, you can begin to create student teams of three to four students in the appropriate division. National Economics Challenge competitions are held at the State, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels for high school students. It all starts here, with the Massachusetts Economics Challenge. There are no fees, nor limit to the number of teams that can participate.


  • Adam Smith:students enrolled in any two semester econ macro and micro course sequence or any course labeled as AP, IB, honors, or differentiated. If you previously participated in the David Ricardo Division, you must register for Adam Smith in this year's competition.
  • David Ricardo: any one semester, introductory or general, combined macro and micro economics course. Teams are encouraged to compete in the division that would challenge them.
  • Milton Friedman: any middle school team. Prizes are awarded based on online test performance only.

Important Dates

February 17, 2014 to March 19, 2014
Registration is open for the challenge. To register go to www.econchallenge.org and pick Massachusetts.

March 19, 2014 to April 2, 2014
Massachusetts Economics Challenge Online can be taken at your school. State winners are announced on April 8, 2014.

April 15, 2014
National Economics Challenge semi-final teams across the country compete. State winners advance to national semi-finals. If you are a semi-finalist, the paper and pencil competition will be conducted at your school. Your principal selects the monitor and test is taken at your school between 2 pm and 5 pm.

May 17-19, 2014
National Economics Challenge in New York City. The top four highest scoring teams at national semi-finals will receive an all-expense paid trip to participate at the national finals in New York. National finalist teams (student and coach) will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per team.

Many of you have participated in this challenge before or I have met you at MCEE workshops. This year is different because we are running the entire contest online except for the national finals in NYC. There is also an opportunity for middle school teachers to register for the Milton Friedman competition. Sign up for the challenge! Go to www.econchallenge.org and pick Massachusetts.

Official Rules: www.councilforeconed.org/econchallenge

Please join us for this exciting and free economics competition. Good luck to everyone!

Contact information:

Dr. Dorothy R. Siden, chairperson
Salem State University
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970


Dr. Ken Ardon, professor
Salem State University
352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970