The Econometrics Game

What is the Econometrics Game?

The Econometrics Game is a fast-paced competition where teams of one to four undergraduate students from universities across the US (and some international ones too!) are given 12 hours with a dataset to devise and answer a question of economic importance. The competition takes place over one weekend: on Saturday, teams write a paper defending a causal claim and the assumptions behind their identification strategy. On Sunday morning, a few finalists are selected to present to a judging panel of UChicago Economics faculty. After this second judging round, we determine final placement and distribute prizes.

Why should I participate in the Econometrics Game?

Because econometrics is fun. And also there are sick prizes. The top team will receive iPads. The second place team will receive Harman/Kardon Onyx Bluetooth wireless speakers. The third place team will receive beautiful battery packs.

How can I attend?

If registration is open, you can find a button for the game below. Hotel arrangements for non-Chicago area participants will be covered, but we will not be able to cover travel expenses, except for Chicago-area participants. Please contact your department for travel funding. The modality of the competition is subject to change – we will notify all registered teams if there is a change.


Econometrics Game 2024 is currently set to take place on March 30-31, 2024.  The registration link will be announced soon.


University of Chicago


March 29-31, 2024

2024 Game Schedule and Rule Book

Past Judges

James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman

Professor In Economics

Robert Shimer

Robert Shimer

Professor In Economics

Lars Peter Hansen

Lars Peter Hansen

Professor in Economics

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Past Competitions

2023 Econometrics Game

2023 Econometrics Game Winner

Past Prompts and Winners

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