Essay competition winners receive their prizes


The winners of the Young Economist of the Year competition 2018 were presented with their prizes during the Royal Economic Society’s Annual Public Lecture at the Royal Institution in London.

Life Vice President Andrew Chesher presented the awards to:

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)


Each year the Royal Economic Society, in partnership with Tutor2u, challenges A-Level students from across the country to compete for the coveted prize by submitting a 1500-word essay on a topical economic issue.

This year students had a choice of topics including whether internet companies are becoming too big for the good of society or how economics could solve the global problem of plastics pollution.

Life Vice President Andrew Chesher said: “The Young Economist of the Year competition challenges students to apply their lessons in economics to real world issues. We’re always impressed with the high level of entries and the creativity of students and this year was no exception. Congratulations to all our winners for the 2018 competiiton.”