YEI EventEconOlympiad

Earn prestigious prizes, network with like minded peers, and learn from engaging speakers while putting your knowledge of economics to the test. Cooperate in a team-based competition to unravel solutions to current economic issues.

Not convinced? Keep scrolling to learn more about what possibilities await!

Interested? EconOlympiad is open to ALL middle and high school students!

The final deadline to enter the competition is 4/8/22. Presentation submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis up until then.


Key Dates

The event spans from March 19th to April 23rd. Scores and feedback for all competitors will be released shortly after the event.

March 19th
Opening ceremony & prompts released (synchronous).

View Ceremony

March 20th - April 8th
Prepare presentations (asynchronous). Groups will have 20 days to research, collaborate, and record their presentations. Upload your video by 11:59pm PST on April 8th.

Submit Presentation

April 16th
Debate round qualifiers announced over social media.
April 23rd
Debate round & awards ceremony (synchronous). Qualifying teams will have the chance to debate each other on a new prompt. See cash prizes below!

Cash Prizes


Event InformationWhat is EconOlympiad?

EconOlympiad is a two-part competition focused on the application, not merely the knowledge, of economics. The first part is a presentation round in which you and your team will have three weeks to develop and submit a video that responds to one of the two provided prompts. The second part is a debate round. After completing the presentation, top teams will advance to a debate round. A prompt will be released, and teams will have one week to research and prepare. will compose your team’s final score.

Professors from the country’s top economics programs will serve as judges for both the presentation and debate rounds.

2022 EconOlympiad Prompt & Guidelines

Presentation Round

Competitors will have up to one week to create their presentation up to 10 minutes in duration. There will be 2 prompts to choose from: one that focuses on Microeconomics and the other that concentrates on Macroeconomics concepts. Your group will have a chance to research the prompts, take a position, provide facts to support your argument, and use your reasoning to tie it all together.

Debate Round

Top teams will participate in a debate with a prompt different from previous choices, determining the final EconOlympiad winners.

Team Matching: A New Way To Find Members

Are you looking to join a team or would like some extra members to join yours? Join our Discord server and react to the “finding teams” message in the “EconOlympiad” channel! Doing this 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!

Michael Dinerstein

About the Speaker

Watch his talk!

Our feature speaker for EconOlympiad is Michael Dinerstein, an Assistant Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago

Professor Dinerstein completed his Ph.D in economics at Stanford University, and his work has been published in the American Economic Journal. His research primarily concentrates on the economics of education, public economics, and industrial organization.

His talk will specifically examine the economics of teaching, and how reallocating existing teachers across schools within a district can affect student achievement. Find out about policies that can motivate teachers to switch schools when differences in wages are negligible.


Opening Ceremony Schedule (3/19/22)

9:00 amOpening Ceremony
9:30 am - 10:30 amSpeaker Presentation
11:00 amRaffle
11:15 amPrompts Announced

Debate Round & Awards Ceremony (4/23/22)

9:00 am - 12:00 pmDebate Round
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmAwards Ceremony

All listed times are in PDT.

Frequently Asked Questions


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EconOlympiad Sponsors

Wen and Yung Family Foundation