Essay Competition

The Society launched their annual Young Economist of the Year competition in 2007, in association with Tutor2U, the online teaching and student resource business.

In the Spring term of each year, school students are invited to write a unique essay of between 1,000 to 2,500 words, on a subject set by the President of the Royal Economic Society, calling on key elements of their A Level or International Baccalaureate courses, examples from the world around them and imaginative discussion. Each year's topics for the essay will be advertised through Tutor2U and the RES website.

The winner of the Young Economist of the Year prize is announced in August each year, with the prize presentation to be made at the RES Annual Public Lecture in London. The winner of the Young Economist of the Year receives an award and wins £1,000, with runners-up each receiving £500.

Due to the large number of entries we regret that no feedback can be provided for individual essays.

The 2014 Young Economist of the Year

The  RES is delighted to announce that the 2014 Young Economist of the Year is:
Kartik Vira of Hills Road VI Form College, Cambridge, who will receive the glass trophy and a prize of £1,000.
Second place goes to Jessica Zeng, Withington Girls’ School, Manchester (£500).
Joint third place goes to: Viva Avasthi, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, Birmingham;
David Bullen, Manchester Grammar School;
and Hannah Dudley, Toot Hill College, Nottingham, each of whom will receive £250.

Judges, Sir Charles Bean (RES President), Stephanie Flanders (JP Morgan) and Professor Tim Besley (London School of Economics) have provided a full report on their decisions. See Judges Report on YE Essay competition.

Thank you to the many students who entered the RES essay competition this year - we appreciate your hard work and application to economics. Listed below are the Highly Commended and Finalists shortlist. Certificates will be provided to all those on the lists below on request from the RES office (email: with your address).

Shortlist of Finalists (2014)

Anindita Nag, Tiffin Girls’ School, London
Danielle Ball, Nottingham Girls’ High School
David Bullen, Manchester Grammar School (jt 3rd)
Felix Clarke, RGS Guildford
George Bearryman, City of London Freeman’s School, Surrey
Hannah Dudley, Toot Hill College, Nottingham (jt 3rd)
Harry Thompson, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, Cheshire
James Taylor, Reigate Grammar School
Jamie Cuffe, Eton College, Berkshire
Jessica Zeng, Withington Girls’ School, Manchester (2nd Place) - read the essay here
Joseph Ellis, Runshaw College, Leyland, Lancashire
Joseph Millard, St Paul’s School, London
Kartik Vira, Hills Road VI Form College, Cambridge (Winner) - read the essay here
Lucy Zhu, RGS Colchester
Max Brewer, Exeter School
Neil Reilly, Portadown College, Northern Ireland
Tim Rawlinson, Eton College, Berkshire
Viva Avasthi, King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, Birmingham (jt 3rd)

Highly Commended Essays

Adrian Polius-Aimable, St Bonaventure’s School, London
Ankur Desai, QEGS Wakefield
Cameron Appel. RGS Guildford
Carol Tsang, Benenden School, Kent
Charles Holmes, Exeter School
David Barley, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
Emma Falconer, King Edwards VI, Southampton
Gavin Ezra Goh, Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore
Gina Wagenblast, Withington Girls’ School, Manchester
Hannah Kirk, The Perse School, Cambridge
Harry Spooner, Eton College, Berkshire
Isabella Liu, St Paul’s Girls’ School, London
Jack Durston, Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall
Jay Shah, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood
Kunhong Wu, Chigwell school
Lauren Bartlett, St George’s School for Girls
Luke Brooks, Dr Challoners Grammar School
Matthew Henderson, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood
Matthew Hills, Exeter School
Natasha Davies, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 College, Leicester

Nikita Tourani, Dubai College
Paolo Lucci, St Ambrose College
Philip Sears, RGS High Wycombe
Przemyslaw Macholak, Dulwich College
Sean Newsom, Glyn School, Epsom
Seun Onatade, The John Roan School, Greenwich
Sohum Shah, Reading School
Sophie Hau, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge
Thomas Blanchard, Ermysted’s Grammar School, Yorkshire
Vanessa Damien, Bacup and Rawtensatall Grammar School
William Cowie, RGS Guildford

The essay topics for 2014 were:

1.Promoting growth and fighting poverty should be the priority in the developing world, not reducing greenhouse gases. Do you agree?
2. Should childcare costs be deductible against tax for working mothers?
3. HS2 will blight the countryside and just lead even more businesses to locate in London. Discuss.
4. Are the advanced economies in for a long period of economic stagnation?
5. Is independence consistent with Scotland keeping the pound?
6. Does immigrant labour benefit or impoverish the United Kingdom?

For further information on topical issues in economics see the Tutor2U economics blog.

Any queries on the competition should be addressed to Tutor2U or general queries to the RES administrator, Amanda Wilman on 

Previous Years’ Essay Titles and Competition Winners

From this page, you can link to the Essay titles and Competition  winners and runners-up, their essays and the judges' reports from previous years:

RES Young Economist of the Year 2013 - Ellie Heatherill 2013 Winning Essays  & Judges Report

RES Young Economist of the Year 2012 - Calum You. 2012 Winning Essays &  Judges Report

RES Young Economist of the Year 2011 - Mayank Banarjee2011 Winning Essays & Judges Report

RES Young Economist of the Year 2010 - Jessica Hawley. 2010 Winning Essays & Judges Report

RES Young Economist of the Year 2009 - Tiffany Young including Judges Report & winning essay

RES Young Economist of the Year 2008 - Lizzy Burden & Promit Anwar including Winning Essays & Judges Report

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