The Econ Games

The Econ Games was created in 2017 by students at Northern Kentucky University who wanted to design a rigorous economics competition for undergraduate students. Their goal was to incorporate topics and skills from their economics degree with data analytics to solve real-world problems.

The 2019 Econ Games


The Econ Games evolved from its initial format to include partnership with private firms in an effort to incorporate the use of actual company data to enhance students’ real-world experience through the efforts of Dr. Al-Bahrani (NKU) and Dr. Patel (University of Kentucky). The 2019 Econ Games is in partnership with the University of Kentucky Economic Society and Corporate sponsor (announcement coming soon).

The Games will take place at Northern Kentucky University on March 29th. Students will be required to analyze a data set and answer research questions. Students will have all of Northern Kentucky University’s campus as their research laboratory. At the end of the day, students will present their results. Students will also hear presentations from industry leaders about how they use economics and data analysis at their firm. The event will include opportunities for students to build lasting personal and professional connections with peers and businesses in the region.


The Econ Games strives to build a community of undergraduate economic students and engage them through data and economic applications. We hope that you decide to join us on March 29th.