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National Association of Business Economics - Crisis Game

NABE Crisis Game

The Brandeis Chapter of NABE seeks to expand its success in spreading the image of NABE amongst the economic students at different universities in the Boston area by hosting the Crisis Game. The Crisis Game is an inter-school economics competition, designed and organized by the Brandeis NABE Chapter, with the support of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

The Crisis Game gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of economics, finance and market regulation in a simulated economic crisis, where within a restricted time frame the teams (representing the Central Bank and the Government of a simulated country) craft policy solutions to rescue the economy.

The game requires students to apply their economics knowledge, but also to have complementary skills of data analysis, presentation, persuasion, and debating. When the wave of a crisis starts to cover a country, governments and central banks need to make rapid decisions; this is a lesson that we want students to learn from this game.


2015 Crisis Game

The Crisis Game is back -- bigger, better, and more competitive!

The Third Annual Crisis Game will be held on Friday, February 27th at Brandeis International Business School. The event is designed and organized by the Brandeis NABE Chapter with the support of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). 

This year's game will feature an intense competition between a team of first-year Brandeis IBS students and teams from George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and Boston University. 

Judges include: 

  • George A. Kahn, Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Sara Johnson, Senior Research Director, Global Economics at IHS
  • David Katsnelson, Director of Macroeconomics at RISI
  • Aldo Musacchio, Professor at Brandeis International Business School

The Crisis game will be followed by a Career Fair that is open to all audience member and participants. Exhibitors include IHS, RISI, and NABE. 


2014 Crisis Game

The second annual Crisis Game was held on Friday, February 7th at the Brandeis International Business School. The event was designed and organized by the Brandeis NABE Chapter, with the support of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance.

The game featured a fierce competition between two Brandeis teams and teams from Fordham University and Bentley University.

Judges included:

  • Jeff Fuhrer,Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • David Katsnelson, Senior Economist, Macroeconomics with RISI
  • Sara Johnson, Senior Research Director of Global Economics with IHS Economics
  • Stuart Mackintosh, Executive Director of the Group of Thirty
  • Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Deputy Division Chief of the International Monetary Fund

The 2014 Crisis Game concluded with a Career Fair, open to all audience members and participants, that featured:

  • IHS
  • RISI
  • McKinsey & Company
  • NABE Boston

2013 Crisis Game

The Crisis Game held on February 2nd, 2013 was the first inter-school economics competition, designed and organized by the Brandeis NABE Chapter, with the support of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

The game featured a competition between three Brandeis teams and two teams for Boston University.

Judges included:

  • Jeff Fuhrer,Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • David Katsnelson, Senior Economist, Macroeconomics with RISI
  • Sara Johnson, Senior Research director of Global Economics with IHS Global Insight
  • Stuart Mackintosh, Executive Director of the Group of Thirty
  • Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Deputy Division Chief of the International Monetary Fund

Competitors had great things to say about the game:

Urbashee Paul, BU: "The NABE Crisis Game provided a unique experience for economics students like me to gain experience applying our technical knowledge, gained in classrooms, to a practical setting. In the process of preparing for the competition and shaping our presentation, I was able to hone my team-working ability, communication skills, and general knowledge about how policy makers deliver proposals in an effective and convincing manner. The prospect of presenting our ideas in front of a panel of esteemed judges motivated my team to prepare for the competition to the best of our ability, building off each other's attributes and weaknesses. The NABE competition was an event to remember, and a highly developmental landmark in my undergraduate education. "

Ignacio Rodriguez Hurtado, BU: "NABE's Crisis Game was an excellent experience. It was a great mental exercise in implementing theories we learned in class to some real data. Also, having to evaluate so much information and come up with a thorough presentation was a gratifying experience."

Michael Clawar, BU: "The NABE Crisis Game was a great experience, challenging me to work quickly on macroeconomic analysis with a team of talented individuals. A high pressure environment created by the time limit forced us to learn each others' strengths and weaknesses to enhance our productivity on the day of the competition. The prospect of tough questions from a very skilled panel of judges gave us an additional drive to prepare as much as possible before the day of the competition. Competing in the Crisis Game gave us all the opportunity to apply our knowledge of economics to a 'real world' crisis. "

Take a look at the 2013 event to see for yourself what the Crisis Game is all about!