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 13 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 Federal Reserve socks.

How can I attend?

If registration is open, you can find a button for the game below. Hotel arrangements for non-UChicago participants will be covered, but we will not be able to cover travel expenses. 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 2021/22 is currently set to take place in April 2022.  Registration is now closed.


Harper Memorial Library
1116 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637


April 9-10, 2022


2022 Game Schedule and Rule Book

Our Judges



Professor In Economics

James J. Heckman

James J. Heckman

Professor In Economics

Robert Shimer

Robert Shimer

Professor In Economics

Our Sponsors

Past Competitions

2021 Econometrics Game

2021 Winning Paper

2019 Econometrics Game

2019 Winning Paper

2017 Econometrics Game

2017 Winning Paper

2018 Econometrics Game

2016 Econometrics Game

2015 Econometrics Game

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