Dear HPEC coaches and competitors,


We hope everyone is safe and healthy despite the health concerns that many schools and school systems may be facing. Harvard College has recently decided that it will virtualize all classes, and students were required to leave campus by last Sunday. As a result, in addition to the cancellation of the in-person HPEC competition, we have made the very heavy decision of cancelling the HPEC virtual alternative due to safety concerns for participants and problems that arise from not being on campus.


We will refund each school’s registration as soon as possible; please be patient, as the refund may take a short while to be processed by the Harvard University Employees Credit Union and many things are in the air right now. Please fill out by 3/31 with your school information so that we may make the refunds to the appropriate parties. If you submit the form after this date, please email us to let us know.


We are still hoping to hold our annual international essay competition, which we started last year, as it is fully virtual. If you or anyone you know is interested, see for more details.


Thanks so much for your patience and interest in and love for economics. We had plans to make this year’s HPEC the biggest and best yet, and though we’re very disappointed it won’t take place this April, we hope to welcome you to HPEC 2021 next year.


Thank you for your understanding,


Daniel and Matthew

HUEA Presidents

HPEC 2020 will be held in Harvard University's historic Sever Hall on April 4th. Regi​stration is now closed. We're looking forward to having you at the competition! Email with questions or concerns.



Each year, HUEA organizes the Harvard Pre-Collegiate Economics Challenge (HPEC), a 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 below. 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 Friday, February 28th; 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

  • Check: payable to Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association and mailed to Connor McRobert, 559 Eliot Mail Center, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Cash: mailed to Connor McRobert, 559 Eliot Mail Center, Cambridge, MA 02138

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 quizbowl 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.

  • What time does the competition start?

    • Registration will begin from 8-9 A.M. The 2020 schedule will closely ​follow the 2019 schedule.

Practice Questions/Answers:



** 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