Foundation for Teaching Economics

Ted Tucker
260 Russell Blvd
Suite B
Davis, CA 95616-3839

This is more than an economics program: participants turn off their devices and learn the soft skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Economics for Leaders (EFL) and Economic History for Leaders (EHFL) are selective academic summer pre-college programs.  Programs attract talented and motivated high school students who want to accelerate their academic pursuits, develop their leadership skills, and connect with peers and professors who share their interests.  Over 8,100 students have participated in these specialized programs since their inception in 1991 and are part of the Foundation for Teaching Economics, a well-established non-profit organization committed to teaching students the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.

With distinguished professors and leadership instructors, EFL and EHFL provides high school students the unique opportunity to engage in college life and intensive studies at elite colleges and universities across the country.  Through hands-on learning, the programs focus on how to integrate economics and leadership in decision-making, and pave the way for future success in the college admissions process and beyond.

EFL and EHFL graduates gain valuable opportunities to:

·         elevate their resume with distinctive experiences

·         practice leadership skills

·         receive advanced economics coursework

·         network for internships in Washington, D.C.

·         navigate dorm life

·         connect with future college friends

·         experience new situations that are invaluable for college application essay writing

·         enjoy a life-changing week on a college campus

Program tuition is $1800, which includes lodging, meals, and course materials. 

As a HECA affliliate, FTE offers HECA member clients a $300 tuition discount. Partial scholarships are also available for certain program locations. 


Kate Generelli

Student Program Manager


Economics for Leaders and Economic History for Leaders one week residential programs are being offered on the following university campuses in 2019:

June 17 - 23
Rice University
Yale University

June 24 - 30
Yale University
University of California, Berkeley*

July 1 - 7
Tufts University
University of California, Berkeley

July 8 - 14
Wake Forest University

July 15 - 21
Emory University
Washington University

July 22 - 28
Brown University
Case Western University
Cornell University

July 29 - August 4
University of California, Santa Barbara
Brown University

August 5 - 11
University of Michigan

*Economic History for Leaders programs


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