What is HPEC?


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. 

The 13th Annual Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in historic Harvard Yard. The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Each school can bring up to two teams of three to four students each. There will be a hard cap of 48 total teams.

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 with questions or comments at economicschallenge@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in April!

HPEC 2018


HPEC Registration


  • Registration for HPEC 2018 is now complete. Please sign up here to join our waitlist. 
  • Cap of 48 teams
  • Up to 2 teams per school
  • Each team consists of 4 students 
  • Each school must have a faculty or parent coach

Registration Fee (due Friday, March 30, 2018):

  • $125 per team
  • Make check out to: Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association 
  • Mail cash or check payment to:
    C/O Gillian Hess
    170 Dunster Mail Center
    Cambridge, MA 02138

Coaches Manual:

  • The HPEC 2018 Coaches Manual can be found here


Practice Questions/Answers: