Res Economics Essay Competition 2012 Electoral Votes


RES Young Economist of the Year essay competition open

  • Published Date: 30 January 2015

The 2015 Young Economist of the Year essay competition is now open.

School students are now invited to choose one of the topics below to write an essay of between 1,000 to 2,500 words, on one of 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 RES judges are Sir Charles Bean (RES President, former deputy governor of the Bank of England), Stephanie Flanders ( award winning BBC journalist and Economics Editor, now J.P. Morgan Asset Management's chief market strategist for the UK and Europe) and Professor Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College and elected member of RES Council).

All applicants are asked to note the following criteria:

• The competition is open to all students who are currently studying GCSE, AS / A2 Level or IB Economics (or an equivalent course)
• All essays must be submitted online using the official online entry form which will be uploaded to this account.
• The maximum word count for entries is 2,500 words
• The word count includes footnotes, but excludes references and bibliography.
• Only one entry per student is permitted
• No revisions to entries are permitted once submitted
• Please note that entries to the competition should be unique (i.e. not published elsewhere or submitted to other essay competitions.)
• Entries must be submitted in either Microsoft Word (doc, docx) format or PDF format. No other formats are acceptable.

Please find further details on the competition and the topics here

Source: Amanda WIlman, RES Office


Winners of the RES Young Economist Competition 2015 announced

  • Published Date: 07 August 2015

The RES is delighted to announce that the winner of the RES Young Economist of the Year competition 2015 is:

Lok Yin Cheng of Westminster School, London, writing on "Does the economic case favour a new airport runway at Heathrow, Gatwick or elsewhere?”, who will receive the glass trophy and a prize of £1,000.

Second place goes to Hamish Hatrick of Eton College, Windsor whose essay discussed “It is immoral for the drug companies to charge large sums for drugs that are cheap to manufacture.” (£500).

And joint third place goes to: Neil Gibbons of King’s Cathedral School, Peterborough for an essay on “The rising gap between rich and poor is not just bad for society, it is bad for growth"; and Ellen To of Streatham and Clapham High School, Clapham, who examined the topic, "Countries like Greece caused the Eurozone crisis by running up too much debt, so it is only fair that they should bear most of the burden of fixing it".

From the final shortlist of 20 essays drawn from a total entry of over 2,100, the judging panel of Professor Sir Charles Bean (London School of Economics and RES Past President), Stephanie Flanders (JP Morgan) and Professor Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College, London) selected the final four winners and wish to congratulate them, together with all of the other students that made the short list. The overall standard was again high, with an increasing number of entries from international schools.

All winners have been invited to an award ceremony to take place at the RES Annual Public lecture at the Royal Institution in London on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

Read more about the Young Economist Essay competition, including the full judges reports, copies of the winning essays and lists of Highly Commended and Shortlisted applicants.

Source: Amanda Wilman, RES Office

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