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Economics for Leaders

Leaders in particular should learn economics because their decisions are more important.”

Milton Friedman – Nobel Laureate

The goal of the Economics for Leaders (EFL) program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders.

EFL is a selective summer program that teaches leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment.

Programs are led by economics professors and leadership instructors selected, nationwide, for their expertise and teaching effectiveness. Morning discussions, activities, and interactive sessions introduce participants to the “economic way of thinking.”  Afternoon sessions build an understanding of leadership and participants practice leadership skills in a fun-filled series of tasks and dilemmas.  Students also engage in a creative decision-making challenge in which they apply and demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained during the week.

Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. When asked if the program impacted their children, parents of participants responded with a resounding ‘yes!’ Read the responses here. The program is competitive with approximately two applicants applying for each available space. College admission officers have commented that students who attend selective programs, such as Economics for Leaders, make more competitive applicants.

“I continue to support Economics for Leaders for a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, every student I send, regardless of personality, interests, or degree of high academic level, returns enlightened and enthusiastic about college.  The lessons learned about themselves oftentimes translate into college essays.  They gain confidence about their ability to transition to college along with a greater understanding of their leadership style and role in group dynamics.”

Debra Landesberg, President
My College Resource

Who Can Apply?

Students who are currently sophomores and juniors in high school are eligible to attend an EFL program in 2016.


Admission to EFL is competitive, with decisions based on leadership potential, maturity, and vision.  Above all, EFL participants are intelligent and articulate students who will benefit from this unique educational experience.

Applications are considered, reviewed, and accepted on a rolling basis.  Space is limited at each site, so we encourage students to apply early to to be considered for their first choice program. 30 – 40 students are accepted at each site.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Apply soon as most programs are either close to capacity or full.

College Credit

Through a partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, two semester hours of undergraduate credit are available to students attending the program.  There is an additional fee for the course, Econ 1320 ‘Economics for Leaders,’ and students opting for the credit must complete additional assignments.  The credits cost $204.  Instructions on how to sign up for the credits will be sent in the orientation packets and is available here.

Program Goals

  • Equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.
  • Give students the knowledge to understand the economic concepts shaping the global economy.
  • Foster students’ commitment to continued learning about economics and leadership.
  • Provide a fun-filled, active environment rich with new friendships that can last a lifetime.
  • Help students discover their potential as they assemble their own personal tool kits for effective leadership.

These programs are fun!

A site-specific program fee from $850-$1200 will be assessed upon acceptance to the program.

20 – 25 high school economics teachers will attend some of the EFL programs to learn best practices in the teaching of economics.