November 29, 2018

Federal Reserve announces College Fed Challenge winners

For release at 3:00 p.m. EST

Image of Yale University student team that won the 15th annual College Fed Challenge.

Yale University won the 15th annual national College Fed Challenge.

Yale University won the 15th annual national College Fed Challenge on Thursday, a competition that encourages students to learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking, and the role of the Federal Reserve System. The team, from New Haven, Connecticut, represented the Boston Federal Reserve District and included Ramiz Colak, Sienna Gough, Rohit Goyal, David Rubio, and Lydia Wickard. The team's faculty adviser was William English.

The finals were held in the Board Room at the Board of Governors as the capstone to five district competitions held around the country. The other national finalists were second place: Rutgers University, with honorable mentions for Princeton University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth University. College Fed Challenge is a team competition for undergraduate students. Teams analyze economic and financial conditions and formulate a monetary policy recommendation, modeling the Federal Open Market Committee.

"The College Fed Challenge, now in its 15th year, provides a forum for students to take their studies from the theoretical to the practical as they weigh a real-life set of facts and circumstances and make a judgment about the optimal path for monetary policy," said Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome H. Powell. "It is my hope that the experience of preparing for the competition might inspire these young adults to explore careers in economics or finance."

Teams competing in the College Fed Challenge finals gave 15-minute presentations and answered questions for a panel of judges. Teams were evaluated on economic analysis, responses to judges' questions, teamwork, and presentation. The judges were Ellen Meade, Special Adviser to the Board and Division of Monetary Affairs; Anna Paulson, Senior Vice President, Financial Markets Finance at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Giorgio Topa, Vice President, Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The teams competed in their local Reserve Bank Districts, and the top teams moved on to the finals in Washington, D.C.

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Last Update: November 29, 2018