Foundation for Teaching Economics

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

FTE programs are more than economics programs: participants learn the soft skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Economics for Leaders (EFL), Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy, 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 12,600 students have participated in these specialized programs since their inception in 1991 and are part of the Foundation for Teaching Economics, non-profit organization committed to teaching students the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Economics for Leaders (EFL)

In its 30th year, EFL teaches rising juniors and seniors to integrate economics into decision making. This selective program is offered both virtually and on prestigious campuses nationwide and introduces participants to key economic concepts and leadership theory. The program premise:  Future leaders must understand economics.

Each program accepts 30 - 40 students.

Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE)

This virtual EGE program goes beyond what most pre-college entrepreneurship programs teach. Participants not only learn practical skills, like writing a business plan or pitching an idea, but also about the economic principles that make successful entrepreneurship possible.

This program is open to 40 high school rising juniors and seniors. 

Economic History for Leaders (EHFL)

EHFL is a cross-curricular program designed for students with a passion for history, civics, or economics. Designed with the understanding that leaders must appreciate history to make effective decisions, students learn to use the economic way of thinking to better understand pivotal events in American history.   

Held on two university campuses this summer, each accepting 30 - 40 rising juniors and seniors.  Should the host campuses decide not to allow in-person programming, these courses will move online.


With distinguished professors and leadership instructors, FTE pre-college in-person programs provides high school students the unique opportunity to engage in college life and intensive studies at elite colleges and universities across the country.  The virtual programs share the same challenging and interactive curriculum. 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.

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 for in-person programs is $1850, which includes lodging, meals, and course materials. Virtual programs cost $700.  

As a HECA affliliate, FTE offers HECA member clients a $200 tuition discount. Partial scholarships are also available for certain program locations. 


Becky Wilson

Student Admissions & Program Operations Manager


Economics for Leaders (EFL), Economic Forces in American History(EFIAH), and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy (EGE) both virtual and one week residential programs are being offered on the following dates and university campuses in 2021:

June 14 - 20
Rice University - EFL
Yale University - EFL Virtual
EFL Virtual 

June 21 - 27
Yale University - EFL Virtual
University of California, Berkeley - EFL Virtual

June 28 - July 4
University of Texas, Austin - EFL
University of California, Berkeley - EFL Virtual
William & Mary - EHFL
Yale - EGE Virtual
EFL Virtual

July 5 - 11
Southern Methodist University - EFL
Tufts University - EFL Virtual
EFL Virtual

July 12 - 18
Emory University - EFL
University of Washington - EFL
University of Chicago - EFL Virtual
University of Colorado, Boulder - EFL

July 19 - 25
Brown University - EFL
Washington University - EFL Virtual
EFL Virtual

July 26 - August 1
University of California, Santa Barbara - EFL
Brown University - EHFL

August 2 - 8
University of Michigan - EFL*

*The program offered at the University of Michigan requires students to have completed an economics course prior to attended.


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Information about Summer 2021 Pre-College Economics Programs

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