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

About the Competition

Students from Colgate’s 2017 Fed Challenge team
While developing their understanding of monetary theory, students also gain valuable experience in public speaking and teamwork.

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

Colgate's Fed Challenge team is selected from students enrolled in the course ECON 352: Money and Banking. This group then participates in the course ECON 353: Fed Challenge as juniors and seniors in each fall semester.

Join the Team

To inquire about joining the team, please contact Professor Rich Higgins.

Assistant Professor in Economics
213 Persson Hall
  • M 9:00am - 10:00am (213 Persson Hall)
  • T 2:30pm - 4:30pm (213 Persson Hall)