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  • Can I participate online?
    This years NEO is an in-person only event being held at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Unfortunately, we are unable to facilitate online attendees.
  • Do I have to pay to attend the NEO?
    No, registration and participation in the NEO is entirely free for students. This is possible due to the generous support of our sponsors.
  • What happens on the day?
    NEO is a full-day event involing: Three-hour competition Workshops A keynote speech Opportunity to network and meet economics students from across the Netherlands. For more information on the NEO event day, visit the 'Event day' page.
  • What do you win?
    Aside from bragging rights, winners receive prize money. First prize wins 300 EUR. Second prize wins 150 EUR. Third prize wins 75 EUR. The highest scoring bachelor team also wins 75 EUR.
  • What is the National Economics Olympiad (NEO)?
    The premier economics problem solving competition in the Netherlands. Students in teams of three answer a set of economics questions. The questions are set by professors from different Dutch universities and relate to varied branches of economics.
  • Do I need a team?
    While team registrations are preferred, it is possible to register as an individual. Individual participants will be matched with a team on the event day. While we cannot guarantee complete teams of three, we will make every effort to facilitate this.
  • How do I sign up?
    Registration for the 2024 National Economics Olympiad is now closed. Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn for more information on next years olympiad.
  • Who can participate?
    All Bachelors and Masters students are eligible to participate. We welcome students from universities across the Netherlands. You don’t need to be doing an economics degree, however, having taken some economics subjects will be helpful in answering the questions.
  • What are the rules for the competition?
    You are allowed to use a NON-programmable calculator. You are NOT allowed to use books or notes. You are NOT allowed to use a dictionary. Any kind of electronic devices must be switched off during the examination. All devices need to be stored in your bag. It is not allowed to use the restroom during the first 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes of the exam. Volunteers will be present to assist you with any other specific concerns.
  • What are the questions like?
    The questions are submitted by economics professors from across the Netherlands. They cover a broad range of economic fields. We are not able to provide a copy of previous years questions.
  • Am I allowed to use my phone or laptop in answering the questions?
    No, mobile and laptop devices are not able to be used to during the NEO.

FAQs with Prof. dr. Robert Dur

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