Economics in the Real World

Prepare to test-drive the college experience, explore economic concepts with professors who are leading experts in their fields, and make friends with other intellectually curious high school students.

Programing for Economics in the Real World includes team challenges, interactive discussions, films, games, and presentations from top professors (who are chock full of real-world advice for the pre-college crowd). By the end of the seminar, students will come away with a mastery of economic concepts, including scarcity, opportunity cost, property rights, competition, incentives, the role of institutions, and more!

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

July 11 – July 14, 2019


Our affordable pricing is thanks to our very generous donors!

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Deadline is April 15th. Scholarships available. See FAQ for details.

Get a feel for the college experience.

Students will spend the night in dorms, dine cafeteria-style at the dining hall, and learn in the same lecture halls as college students, for 3 days and nights.

Make new friends and have fun.

We bring in the most engaging professors and business leaders from across the country, and host team-based challenges, socials, and games to make the experience fun!

Gain intellectual tools for success.

Students develop the intellectual tools they need to create value for their community and accomplish their personal and professional goals.

Learning Objectives

We’re committed to excellence. This is what students will master after spending 3 days with our world-class team.

The Economic Mindset

Master a new perspective of interpreting the world.

Learn what it means to see the world from an economic perspective, and come away with a mastery of concepts including scarcity, individual choice, opportunity cost, and incentives.

How and Why Markets Work

Get an in-depth understanding of how markets impact the world we live in.

Learn about how wealth is created, and how emergent order, trade, and competition create prosperity in society—and pull people out of poverty.

Rules and Institutions

Discover which rules and institutions work, and why.

Learn why property rights and rule of law are necessary to human flourishing, and why top-down, centralized social engineering leads to cronyism and corruption.


Antony Davies

Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Antony Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at FEE, associate professor of economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers.

James R. Harrigan

F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow

James R. Harrigan is Managing Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.

Bruce Rottman

Bruce Rottman has taught Economics, History, and American Government since 1980. He has won several prizes for excellence in economic education.

Travel Information

Economics in the Real World

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

July 11 – July 14, 2019


If arriving by air, plan to fly into Tucson International Airport between 12-2 PM on July 11th and depart after 9 AM on July 14th.

FEE will provide free, chaperoned shuttles to and from the airport on the days of check in and check out. 

For students driving, we will provide parking permits and keep students' keys for the duration of the seminar (except for emergencies).


Students will be staying in double occupancy dorm rooms with a roommate of their same gender and will share a community bathroom with other students on their hall.

Bedding and linens (sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, and towels) will be provided but students should bring any toiletries and additional bedding they might need.

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We will also email you more information about the seminar experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should register for high school seminars?

FEE's high school seminars are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 who is interested in exploring the economic way of thinking. All we ask is that you are respectful, intellectually curious, and willing to engage in the presentations and discussions.

How advanced are these seminars?

The programs are designed to focus on fundamentals. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for you to leave with more confidence, prepared to take on the world. These programs should be a starting place on your journey to better understand the world and to change it for the better.

How much do seminars cost?

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, seminar tuition is $79. The cost is all inclusive and covers materials, lodging, and meals for the entirety of the student’s stay on campus.

Shuttles are provided to and from the closest airport for students traveling by air. These shuttles are cost-free for students. Other than the shuttles provided to and from the airport, students are responsible for travel to and from the seminar.

What scholarships are available?


Tuition reimbursement scholarships are available. Students may apply for a tuition reimbursement scholarship once they have paid the full tuition fee during registration. These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis until seminar registration closes March 31st. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed the full tuition fee after attending the seminar.

Please note that students awarded tuition reimbursement scholarships are required to complete their online, pre-seminar course before the seminar in order to receive reimbursement.


Through a partnership with the Richard Seth Staley Educational Foundation, we are also able to offer a limited number of travel reimbursement scholarships, which are awarded on a rolling basis. Qualifying applicants will be reimbursed up to $500 in travel expenses after attending the seminar and submitting valid receipts.

Qualifying expenses include airline tickets or mileage reimbursement of 58 cents per mile if driving a personal vehicle (IRS mileage reimbursement standard). These scholarships are also paid at the conclusion of the seminar. Rental cars, gas purchases, checked bags (air travel), bus and train tickets are not applicable travel costs.

How are scholarships reimbursed?

Tuition reimbursement scholarships are distributed in the form of a refund onto the card used to pay the tuition fee. You should expect these refunds within 3-5 business days following the seminar. You will receive an email confirmation of the refund once it has been processed.

Travel reimbursement scholarships may be distributed in two ways following the seminar:

  1. Students may be provided reimbursement through Paypal. These reimbursements will be processed within 3-10 business days following the conclusion of the seminar. Students who request this method of reimbursement must have a valid Paypal account.
  2. Students may request to have their reimbursements distributed as a personally-addressed check, mailed via USPS. These reimbursements will be processed within 11-20 business days following the conclusion of the seminar. These reimbursements are written and addressed to the student that received them at their home address.

When does registration close for seminars?

Registration closes March 31, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

Is there a Code of Conduct for students?

All FEE seminar attendees are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible students. During the registration process we ask that all students sign the Student Code of Conduct which includes details about remaining on campus, staying on your designated hall, bed checks, and upholding FEE's core values (integrity, excellence, respect, accountability, creativity, and courage). Parents will be contacted and students will be asked to leave campus at their own expense if these rules are broken.

What steps does FEE take to promote safety at seminars?

For more than 60 years, we've made the safety and well-being of our students our highest priority. All FEE seminar staff undergo background checks and the student to staff ratio is approximately 10 to 1. FEE staff and chaperones stay on campus with students. We greet our students at designated airport locations and offer shuttle buses to and from the seminar site with a FEE staff member or chaperone on board.

Students are supervised by our staff during the day and in the evenings they have mandatory floor checks by their assigned staff member of the same gender who sleeps on the same floor. Male and female students are housed in separate housing facilities and/or floors.

Per the Student Code of Conduct signed by all students during registration, students are required to stay in their rooms after bed checks (10:15 PM) until 6 AM, unless their dorm provides hall-style bathrooms.

Emergency communication plans are also in place, allowing us to communicate directly with students, parents, and emergency contacts in the event of an emergency.

How do students get to the seminar?

Please see the "Travel Info" section for instructions on when and how to arrive on campus.

What should I pack?

The dress code for seminars is casual for students. Please be aware that we will be taking photos during the seminar that may be used for marketing purposes. Students should wear attire that they would feel comfortable being photographed in.

Also, students should bring all toiletries and personal items they would need for any overnight trip. To see if you need to bring linens, please refer to the "Travel Info" section. We also recommend that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the talks and a water bottle to stay hydrated during your trip.

What dining options are there for students?

Students will be dining on campus for all meals. On-campus dining will be “cafeteria style,” common to college campuses, with a buffet of options that meet the requirements of most diets.

Can students request a roommate?

Yes. There is a space for you to request a roommate during registration.

Will there be exercise facilities available?

Indoor exercise facilities are not provided during the seminar. Students are welcome to run or workout during free time, but keep in mind that the seminar schedule is very full, and students are expected to attend all talks and activities.

Are students required to attend all talks and discussion groups?

Yes. In order for students to receive the full seminar experience we ask that they participate in all talks and activities.

Will there be any pre-seminar reading assignments?

Yes, students will receive reading materials and an online, pre-seminar course via email to prepare for the reading discussion groups. Please note that students awarded tuition reimbursement scholarships are required to complete their online, pre-seminar course before the program in order to receive reimbursement.

How can students cancel registration?

Please fill out our Cancellation Form. You can also send an email to [email protected] Please refer to the Cancellation Policy below to see if your cancellation will result in a fee.

What is your cancellation policy?


For the Foundation for Economic Education (“FEE”) to continue to provide the best possible seminars and events at a low cost to its participants and to respect our generous donors who fund these programs, it is imperative that we have an accurate attendance count for the 2019 FEE seminar (the “Seminar”). FEE understands that your plans may change. It is important for you to inform us in a timely manner if your student is not able to attend the seminar, so that FEE can minimize any additional expenses that FEE may incur.

By submitting your 2019 seminar registration, you acknowledge and agree that you accept this Cancellation Policy and the terms and conditions hereunder and will comply with the deadlines set forth in the Cancellation Fee Schedule set forth below.


Notice of Cancellation Amount Refunded
30+ days prior to the first day of the seminar $75
30 days - 7 days prior to the first day of the seminar $35
7 days or less prior of the first day of the seminar $0

Notice of participant’s cancellation provided to FEE hereunder (the “Notice”) shall be in writing by email with confirmation of transmission to [email protected] or by filling out FEE’s web-based Cancellation Form. The Notice is effective only (a) upon receipt by FEE, and (b) if the participant giving the Notice has complied with the requirements of this paragraph.

If you fail to provide FEE with the Notice in accordance with the terms and conditions herein, FEE shall retain the entirety of the entire tuition charge.