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HIEE C 2023

Hieec 2023 is now live. please read below for the rules and submission guidelines. .

The 2023  Harvard International Economics Essay Contest is sponsored by the Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association (HUEA). This essay competition is open to high school students of any year and is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrat e an accom plished level of writing and understanding of economic the ory. T hrough the contest, student competitors hone their academic and professional skills and exhibit their knowledge to future employers and academic programs. 

Competitors must construct a convincing argument using economic theory and real-world examples. Winning essays will be published on our website  and will be available for the greater Harvard community to read. Essays should focus on argumentation supported with facts and references, although data-based support is also welcome.

2023  Essay Questions

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to affect growth, inequality, productivity, innovation, and employment. OpenAI’s ChatGPT, in particular, has greatly increased public awareness about the significance of AI and its implications for the future. What impact will the development of AI have on economic inequality, the composition of the workforce, and economic output as a whole? How can nations prepare for the micro and macroeconomic changes brought about by AI?

Measuring national and global economic activity allows us to understand how economies change in size and structure—how they grow and contract. In addition to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), government budgets, and the money supply, alternatives like the Human Development Index (HDI) and Gross National Income (GNI) are used to assess economic progress. What are the advantages of our current economic indices, including GDP, HDI, GNI, government budgets, and the money supply, and in what areas are they lacking? Which of these indices do you find most helpful, and how can we enhance or combine them to improve our understanding of economic measurement?

Proponents of income redistribution support the idea that redistribution policies will increase economic stability and give more opportunities to the less wealthy. Others, however, are more skeptical and believe it could have negative consequences for economic growth. Current methods of redistribution include taxation, welfare, public services, and other monetary policies. What strategies for income redistribution should the U.S. adopt from other countries? What economic impacts could a wealth tax or super millionaire tax have? What type of redistribution is most effective and feasible? What would be the impacts of the U.S. enacting universal basic income? Discuss the implications of any of these issues and feel free to expand on other areas of economic redistribution.

As the United States weighs the impacts of China’s rise to global prominence, economics and national security have become increasingly intertwined. As a result, the United States government has imposed both tariffs and investment restrictions on China to limit the nation’s access to both US markets and intellectual property (specifically in sensitive industries such as semiconductors). What are the economic implications of these policies for United States firms, consumers, and workers? Discuss the most important perspectives of the US-China trade war and provide suggestions on how both countries can manage the prospect of a changing economic order.

2nd November 2023 – Essay titles released

11:59pm EST 5th January 2023 – Essay submission deadline

Early February 2024  – Highly Commended and Finalists notified

Early March 2024 – Winners notified, results published on the website

Entrants must choose one of the four prompts and write a response to it with a strict limit of 1500 words. Submission must be via the HUEA website and entrants are limited to submitting one essay with only the first submission being considered. Each essay submission will have a $20 reading fee which should be paid upon submission of the essay. If this fee will impose a significant financial burden on your family, please email us. The deadline for submitting the essay is 11:59pm EST January 5th, 2024. ​

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*Be sure to read all the details in the submission form carefully before submitting, as failure to complete any of the steps correctly may result in your submission not being considered.

The essays will be judged by the board of the HUEA, with the top 10 submissions being adjudicated by the esteemed Harvard professor and 2016 Economics Nobel Prize winner Oliver Hart.

The top three winning essays will be published ( with the author’s permission) on our website. A finalists list of the top 10 submissions will be published online and adjudicated by 2016 Economics Nobel Prize Winner Oliver Hart. A further 20 names will receive honors of “Highly Commended” and their names will be published online​. The judges' decisions are final.

Terms and Conditions

The word limit of 1500 must be strictly adhered to. Any words past the limit will be truncated. This limit excludes references, footnotes, titles, headers and footers.

Essays must be written only by the entrant. Any outside assistance must be declared in the beginning or end of the essay.

Only your first submission will be accepted. Any further submissions will not be read.

References must be included, and any plagiarism will lead to disqualification.

References must be in Chicago or APA format. 

The only accepted document formatting is PDF. Any other format will not be accepted, nor will refunds be given to those who do follow this rule.

No refunds are granted.

Grades 9-12 are permitted.

The essay must not be entered in any other competition nor be published elsewhere.

No individual feedback of essays will be granted.

The decisions made by HUEA by the final round of adjudication are final.

All winners agree to their names being published on the HUEA website.

Past Winners ​

2022 winners, ​ click below to view each winner's essay, ashwin telang  *   nanxi jiang   *   duncan wong, 2019 wi n ner.

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The competition aims at encouraging Year 10 – Year 13 students (in England and Wales, or equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland) to produce their own ideas in analysing contemporary economic problems facing the UK and the world.

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What Contribution can Heterodox Economics Make to Addressing the Climate Emergency?

The Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) and the Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE) intend to award a prize of EUR 7,000 for the best essay on the theme, ‘What contribution can heterodox economics make to addressing the climate emergency?’ Authors are free to choose their topic and title within this wider theme.

Please read these details carefully before contacting the ISRF or the CJE with a query or submitting your essay for consideration .

Essays are invited which explore the potential contribution of any aspect(s) of heterodox economics, broadly construed, to addressing the climate emergency. Possible sub-topics include:

  • Ends. What should be the objectives of climate policy, and action more generally by states, institutions and individuals, in addressing the climate emergency? How should the values at stake be conceptualised? 
  • Means. Assuming some clear goals or objectives, how should these be pursued? How should we act in the face of economic, scientific, and political uncertainties?
  • Discourses and strategies. In addressing the climate emergency, how are our means and ends best described and framed? Are there tensions between well-justified ends which might emerge from ethical, political economic and scientific analysis, and the means available to us?

Essays could discuss theoretical issues in general terms, or focus on specific problems or practical strategies. 

If the scientific consensus is correct, we only have a few years before serious climate damage becomes irreversible. Therefore contributors who focus on long-term structural transformations of the economy, society, or economics, may also wish to discuss how to think and act given the urgency of the situation. 

The winning essay will be selected from submissions received in the submission window commencing 1st September 2021, closing at midnight on 30th September 2021.

The essay will be judged on its originality and independence of thought, its scholarly quality, its potential to challenge received ideas, and the success with which it matches the criteria of the ISRF and the CJE. The successful essay will be intellectually radical, orthogonal to existing debates, and articulate a strong internal critique across the fields of economic research. Its challenge to received ideas will have the potential to provoke a re-thinking of the topic.

The ISRF is interested in original research ideas that take new approaches and suggest new solutions to real world social problems. The full statement of the ISRF’s criteria and goals may be viewed  here .

The CJE provides a forum for theoretical, applied, interdisciplinary, history of thought and methodological work, with strong emphasis on realistic analysis, the development of critical perspectives, the provision and use of empirical evidence, and the construction of policy. More detail about the Journal can be found on the Journal’s website .

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The submitted essays will be judged by an academic panel (the ISRF Essay Prize Committee) and the winner will be decided by unanimous vote. The panel’s decision will be final, and no assessments or comments will be made available. The result will be notified to applicants by email by the end of July 2022 and will then be announced by posting on the websites of  the ISRF and of the CJE. The ISRF and the CJE reserve the right not to award the prize, and no award will be made if the submitted essays are of insufficient merit.

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The London School of Economics Students’ Union Economics Society is honoured to collaborate once again with the Centre for Economic Performance, one of the leading economic research centres in Europe, to launch the 2022 Essay Competition. The essay competition will encourage pre-tertiary students to think critically on current social issues such as economic assimilation, diversity in the economics profession, and to explore important intellectual debates, such as the distribution of the burden of environmental policies.

In your essay, please answer one of the six questions below:

  • How can the lack of gender balance in Economics be explained? Does COVID-19 represent another set-back for efforts to achieve gender parity in the subject?
  • African nations will be left poorer and more economically vulnerable as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  • Explain the economics behind Europe’s dependence on Russian Energy. How can policymakers reduce the impact of the transition away from these sources of energy?
  • Higher inflation is the inevitable consequence of the large fiscal packages and monetary accommodations introduced by Western Governments over the last few years. Do you agree?
  • What economic theories from the 19th century are most relevant to 21st century problems?
  • How significant is a country’s geographic location in determining its long-term development?

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2022 Northeastern University London Essay Competition Awards

Congratulations to all of our essay winners!

This year we had over 6000 entries with many outstanding and thought-provoking pieces. Well done to everyone to entered, it was a tough decision. The winners should be proud of themselves for producing such exemplary work.

You can find this year’s questions and a list of all the winners with their essays below.

Essay Questions

Art History:  Is it time for museums and galleries to decolonise their collections, and if so, how should they go about it?

Creative Writing:  What role can fiction serve when the nature of ‘fact’ is continually called into question?

History:  What does history teach us about humanity’s ability to adapt to climate change?

Law:  What limits, if any, should we place on the right to freedom of expression?

Economics:  How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted inequalities?

Politics:  How prepared is the international community to address the current environmental crisis?

Philosophy:  How should we (including social media companies and governments) respond to the fact that misinformation (e.g. about coronavirus) can be harmful (and even cost lives) while recognising the value of free expression (including online)?

English:  Why does the modern world need literary critics?

Psychology:  How could psychology help in understanding criminal behaviour – does society create criminals?

Data Science:  How can Data Science and Humanities inform each other?

Art History

First place:  Samara Macrae Read Samara’s essay

Second place:  Weiyen Tan Read Weiyen’s essay

Joint Third place:  Shaaon Bhattacharya Read Shaaon’s essay

Joint Third place:  Jessica Dos Santos

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Creative Writing

First place:  Wing Cheong Tsang Read Wing’s essay

Joint First place:  Emily Martinez-McCune Read Emily’s essay

Joint Second place:  Helen Trappelides

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Third place:  Hannah Cobble

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First place:  Tom Kwok Read Tom’s essay

Second place:  Sayyidah Fatimah Azzahra Read Sayyidah’s essay

Third place:  Dikoloreoluwa Oluwatobiloba Apesin Read Dikoloreoluwa’s essay

First place:  Chun Shing Pan Read Chun’s essay

Second place:  Aishi Basu Read Aishi’s essay

Joint Third place:  Arvin Egli Read Arvin’s essay

Joint Third place:  Leonard Cornelius Read Leonard’s essay

First place:  Alexia Heasley Read Alexia’s essay

Second place:  Cara Treacy Read Cara’s essay

Third place:  Max Pearson

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First place:  Ada Chaeytoniuk Read Ada’s essay

Second place:  Sasha Mullin Read Sasha’s essay

Joint Third place:  Chloe Thomas Read Chloe’s essay

Joint Third place:  Kinga Mierzejewska

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First place:  Hannah Bale Read Hannah’s essay

Second place:  Allie Ng

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Joint Third place:  Amore Adam Read Amore’s essay

Joint Third place:  Zheng Zuo

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First place:  Hilary Hawthorne Read Hilary’s essay

Second place:  Mustafa Khuramy Read Mustafa’s essay

Third place:  Gauri Narendran Read Gauri’s essay

Politics and IR

First place:  Rosie Bray Read Rosie’s essay

Second place:  Ansh Barot Read Ansh’s essay

Joint Third place:  Eva Tollett Read Eva’s essay

Joint Third place:  Aadam Shahzad

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First place:  Yixuan Wu Read Yixuan’s essay

Second place:  Jasmine Bakhshi Read Jasmine’s essay

Joint Third place:  Cara Pearson Read Cara’s essay

Joint Third place:  Shakira Warburton Ofori-Duah

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Essay Competition – 2022 Year of Youth

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Winner Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Bruegel Youth Essay Competition 2022: 

  • 1 st  Place:  Inverting the pyramid: addressing the depopulation of the EU , by Joana Jacinto
  • 2 nd  Place:  A consumer-focused energy-based policy for the EU , by Emilia Chojkiewicz
  • 3 rd  Place:  A dialogue between EU Budgetary autonomy and NGEU in the post-covid crisis , by Pau Alvarez

A very warm congratulations to the winners and sincere thanks to all the participants for submitting your work!  The winning essay will be published on Bruegel's website this autumn. The award giving ceremony will take place in  Bruegel Annual Meetings  on 6-7 Sep in Brussels. 

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Inverting the pyramid: addressing working-age depopulation in the European Union 

Read the winning essay by Joana Jacinto


The European economy is going through major transformations. It is recovering from a global pandemic, while navigating trade relations in a changing geopolitical landscape, managing the deployment of digital technologies, and aiming to weaning itself off fossil fuels. Smart policy-making is more necessary than ever, whether to give direct impetus to some of these transformations (eg. to achieve decarbonisation), to steer market forces in a desirable direction (eg. to foster the adoption of digital technologies), or to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

Bruegel’s mission is to improve the quality of economic policy by providing open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. Based on our expertise in the areas of European governance, macroeconomic policy, banking and capital markets, trade and the global economy, the green economy, innovation and the digital transition, and inclusive growth, our experience in stakeholder engagement gives Bruegel an agenda setting role.

The essay should answer the following question:

“What should be a priority of the European Union’s economic policy agenda in the coming years?”

In the spirit of Bruegel’s work, we are looking for an evidence-based piece targeted at policy makers and opinion makers. The essay should count max 8000 words, with some technical content, but where the main line of argument should be clear to non-specialists.

The essays will be evaluated according to the following  criteria :

  • Clarity of proposal:  The policy priority being put forward should be clearly identifiable
  • Motivation:  You should argue convincingly why this proposal is important and under-served in the current policy debate
  • Sound methodology:  Your arguments should be based on carefully collected sources and can make use of quantitative evidence presented in charts and tables.
  • Policy applicability:  Your idea should be directly relevant for policy-making
  • Structure:  Your essay should have an abstract and a clear structure

Eligible candidates:  Students enrolled in graduate studies or recently graduated (under 2 years since graduation)

Timeline:  Submissions by  May 31 2022;  selection and announcement of the top 3 essays  by 31 June 2022 !

Submission should be made to  [email protected]  with the subject line ‘Essay Competition – 2022 Year of Youth – PAPERTITLE’.

3 winning essays:

  • receives € 2000 prize money,
  • is invited to speak in the  Bruegel Annual Meetings 2022  and present ideas from the essay in a dedicated panel ->  The winner gets a « seat at the table » in major policy discussions!
  • the essay will be published in the Bruegel’s essays series,

Two runners-up:

  • receive € 1000 prize money,
  • invited to attend the  Bruegel Annual Meetings
  • invited to present their essays in the Youth Research Meeting.

The costs of travel and accommodation will be covered by Bruegel.

The European Commission has made  2022 the Year of Youth  and launched several initiatives to integrate the youth’s voice in the decision-making process.

Bruegel wants to support this goal by introducing programme activities in 2022 which allow engaging with young people in determining priorities in economic policy and providing a platform to young people to present their ideas to high-level policy makers and other stakeholders from private and public sectors. Bruegel Youth Programme for 2022 contains:

  • An essay competition : call to submit essays on the question:  “What should be a priority of the European Union’s economic policy agenda in the coming years?”
  • Youth Session in  Bruegel Annual Meetings : Award Ceremony and panel session with the award winner.

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In 2022, NSW WEN is hosting its inaugural writing competition as part of the Credible Economist series. Selected articles will be published as part of the series.

Prizes will be awarded to articles that best fit the evaluation criteria listed below:

  • First place: $750
  • Second place: $550
  • Third place: $250.

Additionally, complimentary membership to WEN for the next year will be awarded for the top 3 prize winners and 3 honourable mentions. 

Participants should submit an article of no longer than 800 words on an economics topic of their choosing. All WEN member and students are able to enter, however, articles should promote female voices in economics – either the voice of the author, or by drawing on public contributions made by female economists.  Participants are encouraged to read previous articles in the Credible Economist series to guide their writing, and other economic articles for inspiration such as at VOX.eu or The Conversation.

Articles will be judged by Leonora Risse, Chair of National WEN, Catherine Fox, Walkley Award winning journalist and author, and Rhiannon Yetsenga, Committee Member for NSW WEN.

The due date has been extended from Friday 1st April 2022 to Sunday 3rd April 2022.

A webinar for the competition was held on 23 February. WEN NSW Committee Members Evie Fox Koob and Rhiannon Yetsenga were joined by award-winning journalist and author Catherine Fox to share practical tips on how engage audiences with impact, clarity and conviction. The presentation slides from the competition can be found here and the recording of the webinar is here .

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be current ESA WEN members, unless they are students ( join now )
  • Articles should be no longer than 800 words on an economics topic of their choosing.
  • Articles should promote female voices in economics – either the voice of the author, or by drawing on public contributions made by female economists.
  • Applicants must not have previously published any part of their article previously (e.g., newspaper, magazine) or been featured in a media interview (e.g., on radio or TV).
  • The aim of this competition is to promote female voices in economics and is open to people of any gender, age and professional experience. As such, the competition is not intended for regular economics commentators, rather emerging economists building a profile. With this in mind, please consider whether this competition is right for you when submitting.

Evaluation criteria

  • Accessibility and reader engagement (4 points) 
  • Articles should be drafted with a general audience in mind. They should avoid jargon, unnecessarily complex language and clearly explain economic concepts.  
  • Articles should be engaging to read. 
  • Compelling argument (4 points) 
  • Arguments should be persuasive and bold. They should take a clear stance on the chosen issue and demonstrate a strong rationale for their argument. 
  • Understanding (2 points)
  • Blogs should demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issue they are describing and economic concepts where relevant. 

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    Winner Announcement · 1st Place: Inverting the pyramid: addressing the depopulation of the EU, by Joana Jacinto · 2nd Place: A consumer-focused energy-based

  14. 2022

    Participants should submit an article of no longer than 800 words on an economics topic of their choosing. All WEN member and students are able to enter