The Econometrics Game is an annual interscholastic competition hosted by OEconomica in association with the University of Chicago’s of Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute. The competition is a two-day event during which teams of undergraduates receive a dataset, conduct their own economic analysis, and produce a short academic paper. Finalists present their results in front of a panel of judges, including Nobel Prize winning economists. Past participants have included Chicago-area and Ivy League universities. Winners have received iPads, Kindles, and signed books as prizes.
As the quality and quantity of available data grows, it is increasingly important for the economists of tomorrow to appreciate and ultimately harness the potential of data. While competitions for coding, business, and policy are common at the undergraduate level, the Econometrics Competition is the first to focus on the field of economics, integrating economic theory and statistical computing.
Oeconomica is hosting the 4th Annual Econometrics Game April 7th through April 8th, 2018. On the 7th, competing student teams will receive a complex dataset and an accompanying publication in the field of economics. They will then have the next twelve hours to analyze the data in a way that complements previous research, and to compose a paper based on their analysis. Members of the University of Chicago’s economics faculty will choose top papers, and the selected teams will be announced the morning of the 8th. These teams will have several hours to prepare a presentation, and will then present their work to a panel of renowned judges. Both days of the competition run on the University of Chicago campus, and meals and coffee will be provided.