Ágoston Dudás, a student of ELTE Trefort Ágoston High School, won the 2024 Economics Olympiad on Wednesday at the Corvinus University of Budapest. In the national final of the international competition for secondary school students, 25 students from 14 schools of 8 towns competed in economics.

The Economics Olympiad was first organised in the Czech Republic in 2016. Since 2019, Hungary has been organizing the national competition and delegating the best students from the national final to the international final. The prestige of the competition is reflected in the fact that the number of students participating in the international competition has risen from 4,000 in 2017 to almost 80,000 in 2023. Since its inception, 350,000 students from 21 countries on four continents have competed in economics.

Almost 300 students from 50 secondary schools of 30 municipalities, including Zenta in Vojvodina and Érsekújvár in the Highlands, applied for this year’s competition. Among them, 25 students from 14 schools competed in Wednesday’s final in Budapest. The national finals consisted of two rounds: a written test in the morning, and az oral exam for the 10 best performing students in the afternoon. Gyula Pleschinger, President of the Hungarian Economic Association and member of the Monetary Council, and Réka Vas, Vice-Rector of Corvinus University of Budapest, welcomed the finalists and their accompanying teachers before the written round. The jury was chaired by Kristóf Lehmann, Head of the MNB Institute, Director of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank; Péter Vida, Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and CY Cergy Paris Université; Éva Palócz, CEO of Kopint-Tárki Zrt. and Vice President of the Hungarian Economic Association; and Ákos Dombi, Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University.

The first three winners of the Economics Olympiad: 1. Ágoston Dudás (ELTE Trefort Ágoston Gymnasium, Budapest); 2. Gergely Madár (Németh László Gymnasium, Budapest); 3. Szabolcs Andrási (Kada Elek Technikum SZC, Kecskemét). In addition to the three of them, fourth and fifth place winners Ádám Páli (Jurisich Miklós High School and College, Kőszeg) and Kristóf Kettős (Andrássy György Catholic School of Economics, High School and College, Eger) will represent Hungary in September in Greece, in the international final of the competition in English.