Economics Critical Thinking

Teachers are invited to engage their students in this outstanding academic competition. The competition is open to all high school students who have taken an economics or economics-related course in school. There is no fee to participate.

Teams of 3 or 4 students will apply economic principles to a real-world voter issue given to them at the state final. Each team will have 30 minutes to prepare for their 15-minute oral presentation in front of a judge. This fast-paced challenge tests the students’ economic ingenuity and quickness of mind.  

The 2024 Economics Critical Thinking competition has concluded. Congratulations to the winning teams!

Winning Team in each division receives $500!

Review the rules for the 2024 Economics Critical Thinking Competition. 

​Review sample rubric and cases from past Economics Critical Thinking Competitions. ​

This is a qualifying event for the National Economics Challenge. The teams from the David Ricardo division and the Adam Smith division with the highest combined Economics Critical Thinking presentation score and Economics Challenge online test score will advance to the National Economics Challenge for their division

Prize for Economics Critical Thinking Winning Team: 1st place: $500

2024 Winners

First Place
Team: Team Indigo  
School: BASIS Chandler
Teacher: Richard Aitken

Second Place
Team: The Thorgregsons
Schools BASIS Mesa
Teacher: Greg Thorson

Third Place (Tie)
Team: Rockhopper Penguins / The Thingamajigs
School: University High School / BASIS Mesa
Teacher: Megan Cassidy / Greg Thorson 

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