Young Economist of the Year 2021 competition
in association with the Financial Times
The overall winner of the 2021 competition is Marc Kadir of Manchester Grammar School, for his essay on 'will the legacy of COVID lead to a more economically unequal world?'.
Alongside the overall winner, the Society are pleased to name the remaining three winners:
- Bruno Moura of Roundwood Park School, Harpenden (“When, if ever, is it a good idea for central banks to set interest rates below zero?”
- Haoyu Wang of Brighton College (“We will fail to address climate change because Covid-19 showed we are unable to muster a concerted global response to common crises? Do you agree?”)
- Konrad Kurczynski of Clifton College, Bristol (“Technological change will mean the wage gap between the skilled and unskilled will simply keep growing? Do you agree with this assessment?”)
The following were shortlisted by the judging panel:
- Henry Ward of The Downs School, Newbury
- Jessica Cheung, Sutton Grammar School
- Tilly Mobley, Marlborough College
- Manav Sood, Rushcliffe School, West Bridgeford
- Oluwajoba Thomas, Bedford School, Hemel Hempstead
- Oliver Greenfield, Lingfield College, Surrey
- Jasmeen Johal, Guildford High School
- Melinda Zhu, Westminster School, London
- Yana Imykshenova, St Paul's Girls School, London
The following candidates were commended by the judging panel:
- Zhong Tong Zhang, St. Edward's School, Oxford
- Matthew Bonin, The Skinner's School, Tunbridge Wells
- Nevis Tompkins, Sutton Grammar School
- Henry Hall, Southend High School for Boys
- John Chang, Eton College, Windsor
- Sumayya Manji, North London Collegiate School, London
- Arjun Manoj Nair, St. Alban's School
- Isaac George Gilroy Baxter, King's School, Bruton
- Sameera Anjali Bhalotra Bowers, Colchester County High School for Girls
- Rachel Large, Churcher's College, Petersfield
- James Bradshaw, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby
- Jin Samson, Christ's Hospital School, Horsham
- James Trotman, St Paul's School, London
- Keyi Xue, The Abbey School, Reading
- Xinyu Fu, St Paul's School, London
- Helen Tianying Deng, King Edward's School, Bath
- Dylan Sellors, Aylesbury Grammar School
- Anya Saund, Westminster School, London
- Thomas Wright, Royal Grammar School, Guildford
- Dev Patel, Wembley High Technology College, London
- Luke Philipson, Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
- Oladipo Olukanni, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
- Matthew Stubbs, Kimberley Sixth Form College, Bedford
- Francesca Shi, Westminster School, London
- Issah Ali Merchant, Harrow School, London
- Shampavi Sabesan, The Tiffin Girl's School, Richmond
- Samuel Oloniluyi-Abel, Finchley Catholic High School, London
- Oluwatope Omole, London Academy of Excellence
- Ollie Max McPherson Robinson, Royal Grammar School, Guildford
- Dawid Polus, Peter Symonds College, Winchester
A guidance note on essay writing is available here. Students were asked to write an essay of up to 1,000 words excluding references on one of five topics: Students did not need to be studying economics to be able to enter and entrants do not have to be members of RES. The 2021 competition was open to all year 12 and year 13 (S5 and S6 in Scotland, years 13 and 14 in Northern Ireland) students studying for A-Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) or Scottish Highers qualifications who either normally reside or are studying in the UK.
- When, if ever, is it a good idea for central banks to set interest rates below zero?
- How is Brexit going to change the economic geography of the UK?
- Will the legacy of COVID be an economically more unequal world?
- Technological change means that the wage gap between the skilled and unskilled will simply keep growing. Do you agree with this assessment?
- We will fail to address climate change because Covid-19 showed we are unable to muster a concerted global response to common crises. Do you agree?