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 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.

As part of our commitment to developing future leaders, we cover most participant costs so students of all socio-economic backgrounds can attend. Most lodging, meals, and materials are paid for by the Foundation for Teaching Economics. The only expenses not covered are a site-specific program fee of $600 – $1400, transportation to and from the site, and incidental spending money.

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.

Who Can Apply?

Students who are currently juniors in high school and will complete their junior year by this summer are eligible to attend an EFL program in 2014. Sophomores applicants will be considered.


We recommend that students apply as soon as possible, as that will increase their chances of being accepted to the program of their choice.  Admission to EFL is competitive. Decisions are based on leadership potential, maturity and vision. Above all, EFL students are intelligent, articulate student leaders who will benefit from this unique educational experience.

Early Application Deadline
Applicants applying by January 13, 2014 will be notified of their admission status by the end of the first week of February.

Regular Application Deadline
Applicants applying after January 13, 2014, but by March 3, 2014 will be notified of their admission status at the end of March.

Late Applications
Applications received following the March 3, 2014 deadline will be reviewed on space available basis.

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 1310 ‘A Survey of Economics,’ 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 of accepted students.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

  • Application due March 3, 2014.  Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a space available basis.
  • Numerous sites and dates
  • 30 – 50 students accepted per program
  • Looks great on college applications
  • Nationally acclaimed instructors

These programs are fun!

Please note:  A site-specific program fee from $600-$1400 will be assessed upon acceptance to the program. The program fee is refundable only if the participant cancels at least 30 days before the start of the program.