Essay Competition

Winners of the young economist of the year 2018

We've had one of the largest responses ever to our young economist of the year competition with nearly 1300 applicants from schools across the country. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Our partner, Tutor2U, has reported that the standard of entries was extremely high, and a large number were very close to being shortlisted or highly recommended.

Our judges considered each essay anonymously for its originality, quality of writing, economic content and the quality and power of the economic arguments.

The Royal Economic Society is pleased to announce that this year’s winners are:

Best overall essay
Dan Gilbey – Haberdashers Askes Boys School

Best essay from a year 12 student (not awarded the best overall essay)
Anna Cleary – St Mary’s School, Ascot

Best essay on each of the four titles (not awarded another prize)
Sam Christie – Abingdon School (GDP measurement essay)
Christos Alexandrou – Davenant Foundation School (Productivity puzzle essay)
Amir Razak – Highgate School (Plastics pollution essay)
Gus Smith – Ripon Grammar School (Internet companies essay)

The following were shortlisted by the teacher judging panel:
Feiya Yu – Downside School
Ryan Patel – King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Leah Carol – Streatham and Clapham High School
Meido Nkontchou – Latymer Upper School
Antonia Harrison – Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Oscar Pringle – Truro School

These were highly commended by the teacher judging panel:
Kieran Mardania - Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College
Aaron Dadzie - Bancroft’s School
Joseph Asaoka-Wright - Bishop Ramsey CE School
Bila Asghar - Bolton School Boys Division
Emmie Lowes - Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
Cameron Tan - City of London School
Oluwamayowa Ayanbadejo - Eton College
George Moran - Gosforth Academy
Benjamin Schwarzmann - Haberdashers Askes Boys School
Gareth Hart - Halliford School
Kai Bowers - Herts and Essex High School
Keir Bradwell - Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
Thibau Grumett - Invicta Grammar School
Faraz Syed - King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Yashwanth Tenneti - King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Mathis Bitton - Kristin School
Cameron Weatherburn - Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Chloe Ashton-Rogers - Northampton School for Girls
Aalim Khan - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
Euan Farrington - Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
Young Loon Ling - Raffles Institution
Tom Paddon - Royal Hospital School
Gracie Li - South Hampstead High School
Sascha Lowdermilk-Oppenheim - South Hampstead High School
Alexander Finan - The Bear Creek School
Mizuki Takahashi - The British School in Tokyo
Matthew Gosling - The King John School, Benfleet
Sofia Akuamoah - The Tiffin Girls’ School
Harjyot Anand - Tiffin School
Kiran Sithamparapillai - Trinity School of John Whitgift
Maximilian Mutkin - Westminster School
James Lloyd Williams - Westminster School

For the 2018 competition, students were asked to complete a 1,500 word essay on one of the following four titles:

  • "GDP does not measure the output of the economy any more". Do you agree, and if so, what improvements would you suggest?
  • What explains the UK’s "productivity puzzle"?
  • Does economics have the answer for the global problem of plastics pollution?
  • "Some internet companies have become too big for the good of society and should be broken up". Do you agree?

Prizes were awarded for the best overall essay (£800), for the best essay on each of the four titles (4 x £200) and for the best essay from a Year 12 student (£400).

Previous Years' Essay Titles and Competition winners

From this page, you can link to the essay titles and competition winners and runner-up, their essays and the judges' reports from previous years:

RES Young Economist of the Year 2017 - Louise Averill & Matthew Thorne. Read the full Judges Report

RES Young Economist of the Year 2016 - Sherwood Lam. 2016 Winning Essays & Judges Report
RES Young Economist of the Year 2015 - Lok Yin Cheng. 2015 Winning Essays & Judges Report
RES Young Economist of the Year 2014 - Kartik Vira. 2014 Winning Essays & Judges Report
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 Banarjee. 2011 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. 2009 Winning Essay & Judges Report
RES Young Economist of the Year 2008 - Lizzy Burden & Promit Anwar. 2008 Winning Essays & Judges Report
RES Young Economist of the Year 2007 - Zoe Hart. 2007 Judges Report

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