The editorial board of the Economic Tribune is organising this competition to provide a platform for future economists and wider social scientists to demonstrate their ability to write persuasive essays.

The competition invites undergraduate students within the UK to explore a wide range of thought-provoking questions and share their perspective on the relevant socio-economic questions of today.

The top 10 short-listed entries will be judged by the CTaLE (Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics) team at the UCL Economics Department. The top 3 entrants will receive Amazon vouchers, as well as having their essay featured in our December print issue.

27 SEPT 2021

Competition Open

21 NOV 2021

Deadline for submission

25 MAR 2022*

Result Announced

This year's essay questions

Cryptocurrencies and Financial Inclusion

Over 1.5 billion people around the world do not have access to bank accounts, primarily due to precarious infrastructure.


Discuss how cryptocurrencies can help underdeveloped nations towards financial inclusion.

Battling COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many countries to introduce restrictive lockdown policies to control infection spread. Vaccine passports have been proposed as a way of erasing the harm of such policies.

Should vaccine passports be introduced? 

Return of Inflation

Is the U.S. heading towards a wage-price spiral?


  • Entrants would be expected to submit an essay on one of the 3 essay questions mentioned above.

  • Word Limit is 1200 words.


  • This competition is only open to undergraduate students enrolled in a UK-based university.

    Applicants may note that they would be expected to upload a proof, showing that they are enrolled in a UK based university.

    Eg: Student ID card or Statement of Student Acceptance


  • Your submitted essay should be your own original work. It can refer to work done by academics, but they must be referenced appropriately. (we suggest you follow Harvard Style)

  • You cannot make any revisions to the essay once it is submitted

  • Late submissions will not be considered

  • Personal data relating to the entrants would be only used for the purpose of the competition and not disclosed to any other party without prior consent.

* Provisional date, is subject to change

  • The work submitted here should not have been sent for publication in any other journal or in any other competition.

  • The winner and the runners up would be contacted via the email which they have used to submit the essay. 

  • Plagiarized essays will be disqualified immediately. 

  • The Economic Tribune and Economist’s Society reserve the final right to make amendments to the above terms and conditions and select the winners of the competition.