Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge

HPEC 2021 will be held in April in a remote format. Please fill out this Google form to receive updates and be notified when registration starts! 




Each year, HUEA organizes the Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge (HPEC), a prestigious international competition for high school students passionate about economics and its role in the world around us. HPEC challenges students through a series of individual and team rounds on economics knowledge at the Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Macroeconomics levels as well as economic news, history, recent research, and applications in a wide variety of fields such as education and the environment. In the past, students have found this competition to be fun and helpful preparation for the AP Economics exams. In addition to the Challenge itself, competitors and coaches will have the opportunity to build friendships with their peers, hear presentations from and interact with professors, graduate students, and real-world economists, and learn about the wider world of economics beyond the high school classroom. Feel free to email us. We look forward to seeing you in April!

Registration Fee

Each team requires a registration fee of $125. We accept Venmo, check, and cash. Payment is due by Sunday, February 28th, 2021; please include the name of your school and number of teams (if you're interested in sending 3 teams, you still only need to pay $250 at the moment). 

  • Venmo: @HUEA-Harvard

Coaches Manual:

  • The HPEC 2020 Coaches Manual can be found here

Important Forms:

  • The 2020 Photo Consent Form can be found here.

  • The 2020 Liability Release and Contact Form can be found here.


  • How many people can be on one team?

    • Teams consist of 1-4 people. Teams of 3 or fewer can still compete, but the quiz bowl rounds will likely be more challenging with fewer team members.​

  • How many teams can one school bring?

    • Depending on space availability and with priority registration given to the first team, each school may be able to bring 2-3 teams total. For now, schools can register 1 or 2 teams, and indicate interest in sending a 3rd.

  • What if my school is unable to bring a teacher as a coach?

    • We require that a coach be present​ with the team. You are allowed to bring a parent as a coach if your teacher is not able to attend the competition--please reach out to us by email.

  • What time does the competition start?

    • Registration will begin from 8-9 A.M. Please see the 2019 schedule for reference.

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** All payments are final, as we start making preparations given current understanding of competition attendance -- withdrawal for any reason will not be refunded.

2020 Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association