College Fed Challenge
2020 Fed Challenge UPDATE
Given the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve, along with other co-sponsoring Federal Reserve Banks and regional planning universities, have made the changes to the National College Fed Challenge structure to ensure the competition can be held in 2020. Please see College Fed Challenge 2020 Rules and Steps. The new format will allow schools outside the current Fed Challenge districts to compete in a newly created "at-large" new region.
What Participants Can Expect & National Guidelines
Team Presentations (15-minute maximum)
Teams make presentations to a panel of judges who are experts in economics and monetary policy. Presentations should consist of the following elements:
- An analysis of current economic conditions (as of the day of the competition); these conditions may include broad macroeconomic conditions as well as conditions experienced in different geographic areas, in urban/rural areas, or among different demographic and socioeconomic groups (e.g., racial and ethnic groups, age groups), borrowers and savers, etc.
- A forecast of near-term economic and financial conditions relevant to the formulation of monetary policy
- A discussion of significant risks to the economy that should receive special attention in formulating monetary policy; these risks may include the possible effects (positive or negative) of monetary policies on different segments of the population
- A monetary policy recommendation, encompassing both traditional tools and newer approaches as warranted; presenters should give supporting reasons for their recommendation
Questions and Answers (15-minute maximum)
Following the presentation, teams answer questions from the judges about recommendations made in the presentation and macroeconomic theory as well as hypothetical questions or questions about the Fed.
Judges evaluate and score the teams on economic analysis, responses to questions, teamwork, and presentation. The team with the highest score wins.
Past National College Fed Challenge Winners
- College Fed Challenge winners--November 22, 2019
- College Fed Challenge winners--November 29, 2018
- College Fed Challenge winners--December 1, 2017
- College Fed Challenge winners--December 1, 2016
- College Fed Challenge winners--December 2, 2015
- College Fed Challenge winners--December 2, 2014
- College Fed Challenge winners--December 2, 2013
- College Fed Challenge winners--November 27, 2012
- College Fed Challenge winners--November 29, 2011
- College Fed Challenge winners--November 30, 2010