The Fed Challenge Competition gives economics students the chance to put their skills to the test, presenting forecasts and policy recommendations to the Federal Reserve, private sector, and academic economists.
The course involves an in-depth study of U.S. monetary policy, an important and highly relevant subject for the serious business student. The class culminates in the Fed Challenge each November in Chicago. Students present their analysis of current economic conditions in the context of a simulated Federal Reserve policy meeting.
You’re on the spot for 35 minutes, doing a real-world policy presentation in front of a judges’ panel of three highly trained economists. The competition draws some big name schools from our region, and the winner goes on to Washington, D.C., to compete against other regional winners from across the country.
For serious, well-prepared, hard-working students, the payoff is great. You’ll develop the capacity to apply economic theory, analyze economic data, and interpret financial and economic news like the pros.
How to Enroll
Before enrolling in the class, you must take ECON 202 and ECON 221, and gain permission from the Fed Challenge faculty sponsor, Nicholas Curott.