Feb 27, 2019

New Zealand Economics Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Multiple Competition Workshop Skill Building Other


The New Zealand Economics Competition is a prominent event that showcases the exceptional talent that New Zealand secondary students have in economics. The competition tests students' knowledge of economic theory and any current economic issues. The New Zealand Economics Competition has promoted the study of economics and grown in size and reputation since 1997. It has become the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind for New Zealand secondary students. One of its primary aims is to promote the study of economics.

In 2017, over 2,500 students from 84 schools throughout New Zealand participated the competition. The 50-minute examination paper contains 40 multiple choice questions that test classroom theory and general knowledge of relevant economic issues. The New Zealand Economics Competition is sponsored by the University of Auckland Business School. The overall goal is to encourage secondary school students to pursue tertiary studies in economics.

In regards to the awards and prizes, they are presented in two divisions. Division 1 comprises of Year 13 students (Form 7) and Division 2 includes Year 12 (Form 6) and below. All students sit the same examination.

Within each division, awards are allocated on a national basis as follows:
• High Distinction: top 5%
• Distinction: next 15% (top 6-20%)
• Credit: next 30% (top 21-50%)
• Participation: all other students

All other participating students receive a certificate. The top performing students will receive monetary prizes and the National Winner from each division will also receive a trophy.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




This is competition would be regarded as very competitive. 2017 saw 2,500 students from 84 schools throughout New Zealand participating. This large number of entrants increases the competitiveness.

Participation Cost


No entry fee.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


In-depth and comprehensive knowledge of economics.

Time Commitment


This event is a one off event per year but will require commitment of study from the students.

Application Deadline

2020 Dates TBA.

Application Process Includes

Entry forms, question booklets and response sheets will be sent out to those secondary schools who have indicated their interest in the competition.