Young Economist of the Year Competition 2022 is officially open


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The Young Economist of the Year Competition 2022 is officially open. The Royal Economic Society invites students from year 12 and 13 to create a report or essay on one of four selected questions by 10 July 2022 at 23:59pm.

The Young Economics of the Year Competition is our annual student-based competition, to encourage students to think about current economic issues and promote the study of economic science.

Students are asked to write an essay or report of up to 1,000 words (with a limit of 5% over word count), excluding references. Entries will be text-based but may include tables and charts.

Students did not need to be studying economics to be able to enter and entrants do not have to be members of the RES. This competition is 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.

This year’s questions revolve around the following topics:

  • Regional inequality and “levelling up”
  • The UK’s “cost of living crisis”
  • The value of a university degree
  • Cryptocurrency and financial stability


The best overall essay will win £1000. The winner will also have the opportunity for their essay to be published in the FT, subject to the approval of the editors. The best essay on each question (x4) will receive a prize of £200.

Enter competition and more information

For more information about the competition and how to enter, click here.