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Harvard Pre-Collegiate

Economics Challenge (HPEC)

HPEC challenges students through a series of individual and team rounds on economics knowledge at the Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Macroeconomics levels.

HPEC 2024

The date for HPEC 2024 has been finalized. Please see below for details. 

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. 

HPEC 2024 is scheduled for April 13, 2024. Teams can choose to compete either virtually from anywhere around the world or in-person on Harvard's campus. See the coaches' manual linked below for details on the competition from last year. A manual with any updates for this year's competition will be uploaded soon, but aside from a few (if any) minor tweaks, the rules and coaches manual will remain the same. Teams will be able register for the competition soon (details and a registration form will be posted below soon). However, note that the Challenge is subject to space constraints, so space may fill up prior to the above deadline. Thus, it is best for teams to register well in advance to ensure they can reserve space for their team.

Images from HPEC 2023

Registration Fee

Each team requires a registration fee of $125. See the registration form for specific payment details and options. Teams based in the US must pay via Zelle. There is no option to pay via PayPal due to issues with our PayPal account. Thus, US-based teams should make arrangements before the registration deadline (which will be updated here soon) to pay via Zelle. International teams should email HUEA to discuss additional payment options, though Zelle is preferred if at all possible.


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

Competition Information

  • The HPEC 2023 Coaches Manual can be found here.

  • The HPEC 2024 Coaches Manual will be uploaded here soon. 


Competition Registration

  • The official HPEC 2024 registration form will be uploaded here soon. Once updated, please review the form early as there is a lot of information here, including payment details.

Important Forms

  • The 2024 Photo Consent Form will be uploaded here.

  • The 2024 Liability Release and Contact Form will be uploaded 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 COVID-19 restrictions will HPEC participants be subject to?

    • At this time, HPEC will not require participants to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test before arrival. However, participants must not come to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate. 

Practice Questions & Answers



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