A select group of Colgate economics students competes in a national intercollegiate competition run by the U.S. Federal Reserve System while earning course credit.

About the Competition

2022 team advances to National finals
2022 Fed Challenge Team Advances to the National Finals

The College Fed Challenge is a national competition in which students present on the state of the economy and make a monetary policy proposal. A panel of judges, including federal economists, consider presentations by three to five students from participating teams. Colgate University competes in the Second District's competition at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The winner of the regional competition advances to the national finals at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. The competition challenges students to apply their knowledge of macroeconomics to make monetary policy recommendations.

Participating on Colgate’s Team

Students who have taken both ECON 251 and ECON 252 are eligible to participate. This group then participates in the course ECON 353: Fed Challenge as juniors and seniors in each fall semester. Econ 353 Fed Challenge course info

Join the Team

To inquire about joining the team, please contact Professor Nicole Simpson.

W. Bradford Wiley Professor of International Economics; Chair, Department of Economics

More About the Fed Challenge

  • 2013-2014: Professor Nicole Simpson
  • 2014-2015: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2015-2016: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2016-2017: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2017-2018: Profesor Tom Michl
  • 2018-2019: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2019-2020: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2020-2021: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2021-2022: Professor Rich Higgins
  • 2022-2023: Professor Michael Connolly