Economics Challenge

The South Carolina Economics Challenge is the state’s most prestigious high school economics competition. Each year, over 10,000 students across the United States participate in the contest. The Challenge recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events. The top teams will advance to the State Economics Challenge Finals and Econ Day at the Darla Moore School of Business. During Econ Day, students are exposed to exciting areas within economics, possible careers within the field, and participate in the South Carolina Economics Challenge Finals with an exciting buzzer round at the end to crown the winners! SC Economics recruits top faculty at USC and Winthrop to engage students in hands on instruction in the areas of: the economics of crime, game theory and behavioral economics, the economics of taxation, agricultural economics, why opportunity costs matter, sports economics, the economics of social welfare programs, and education economics.

How Can I Play?

SC Economics will offer a virtual first round of the Economics Challenge Competition again this year! This is a Spring Only Contest. The top ten teams from each division, David Ricardo (regular level/CP economics classes) and Adam Smith (Honors/AP/IB Economics), will advance to the state finals at the Darla Moore School of Business in the Spring.


(Adam Smith and David Ricardo Divisions)

First place teams recieve a trophy

1st place: $50 per team member + one teacher coach
2nd place: $35 per team member + one teacher coach
3rd place: $25 per team member + one teacher coach