EconOlympiad took place in April 2021!

YEI EventEconOlympiad

Earn cash prizes while applying your knowledge in a team based competition to answer written questions & brainstorm solutions for current economic issues!

EconOlympiad is open to everyone, not just YEI members! If you want to become a YEI member, you can register your club here, and we’ll get in touch with you soon! You can sign up as soon as you fill out the form. Registration deadline is 3/31.

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EconOlympiad

Key Dates

The event spans a course of three weeks, from April 3rd to 17th. Scores and feedback for all competitors will be released around a week after the event.

April 3rd
FRQ test (synchronous). We'll update this page with practice FRQ exams soon.
April 3rd-9th
Prepare video presentations. Prompts are released right after the FRQ Test; submit by 11:59 pm PST on Friday (asynchronous).
April 17th
Award ceremony (synchronous). See cash prizes below!

Cash Prizes

1st
$
2nd
$
3rd
$

Judges

  • Professor Thomas A. Pugel

    Professor Thomas A. Pugel

    Professor Thomas A. Pugel has been on the faculty of New York University since 1978. Dr. Pugel's research focuses on international industrial competition, with emphasis...

  • Professor David Arnold

    Professor David Arnold

    David Arnold is a professor at UC San Diego. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 2020, and a paper of his has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Ec...

  • Professor Lawrence White

    Professor Lawrence White

    Lawrence White has been with New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business for more than 40 years. His primary research areas of interest include financial re...

Professor Dix-Carneiro

About the Speaker

Our speaker for EconOlympiad is Professor Dix-Carneiro, Assistant Professor of Economics at Duke University.

Professor Dix-Carneiro received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and has his work published in the Journal of Economics and American Economic Journal. His research specializes in international trade, labor markets, and economic development.

EconOlympiadEvent Information

EconOlympiad is a two-part competition. The first part is a written round in which you and your team will work together to answer four multi-part, open-ended free response questions. The second part is a presentation round. After taking the first part, the presentation prompt will be released. The scores from both parts will be added together to form your team’s final score.

Written Round

The written portion will count for 50% of your final score. Teams will have 45 minutes to answer the questions. Each of the four questions is worth 10 points for a total of 40 points. Parts of each question may be weighed differently. This portion of the test will be taken through a testing software. The questions will be a mix of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Any usage of outside materials during this portion of the test will result in disqualification.

This is a demonstration of what the test platform will look like.

Presentation Round

Competitors will have one week to create a presentation up to 10 minutes long. In the presentation, you and your team will research the prompt, take a position, provide evidence, and use reasoning to answer the prompt. After the video is uploaded, it will be scored.

Presentation Prompt: Describe your team’s ideal system of healthcare. Explain a feasible way to implement it in the United States.

    The rubric is as follows:
  • Thesis: 10%
  • Evidence: 20%
  • Reasoning: 60%
  • Presentation: 10%

Here's a sample presentation.

Submit your presentation here.

Newly Piloted: A Way to Find Teams

If you don’t yet have a team but would still like to compete, hop into our Discord server and react to the “finding teams” message in the EconOlympiad channel! You’ll receive a special role that will allow you to join a channel specifically for team finding, where you will be able to meet others who are looking for teammates as well.

If you are not able to give yourself the role via the above process for some reason, please fill out this form so we can manually give you the role. Happy team finding!

Preparation

To prepare for EconOlympiad, we recommend you take our practice test and grade yourself with our test rubric.

If you have any questions, message in the YEI Discord or email events@theyei.org.

Agenda

Written FRQ Testing (4/3)

TimeEvent
9 amOpening Ceremony
9:45Taking the Test
11:00Speaker Seminar
11:30 - 12Closing Remarks

Award Ceremony (4/17)

TimeEvent
9 amAward Ceremony
9:15Q&A with the Judges
9:45Awards
10:15End of Award Ceremony

All listed times are in PDT.

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