Essay Competition

The Society launched their annual Young Economist of the Year competition in 2007, in association with Tutor2U, the online teaching 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

School students are now invited to write an essay of between 1,000 to 2,500 words, on the subjects below, set by the RES judging panel,  calling on key elements of their A Level or International Baccalaureate courses, examples from the world around them and imaginative discussion. 

The essay topics for 2014 are:
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?

Your competition entry should be made online to our partners in the competition, Tutor2U, using this form https://tutor2u.wufoo.com/forms/res-young-economist-of-the-year-2014/. Applicants should note that the word count should include footnotes but exclude references/bibliography.
The deadline for the submission of applications is Midnight (BST) on Monday 30 June 2014.

Any queries on the competition should be addressed to Tutor2U http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/site/contact-us/ or general queries to the RES administrator, Amanda Wilman on royaleconsoc@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

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

RES Young Economist of the Year 2012 - Calum You

RES Young Economist of the Year 2011 - Mayank Banarjee

RES Young Economist of the Year 2010 - Jessica Hawley

RES Young Economist of the Year 2009 - Tiffany Young

RES Young Economist of the Year 2008 - Promit Anwar and Lizzy Burden

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