CSEP Essay Competition 2020
Economics Essay Competition 2020
Every year Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism hosts its Essay Competition to encourage sixth form students to go beyond their curriculum and explore important questions society faces today.
These are the questions for the latest installation of our annual essay competition, open to all students starting Year 12 or 13 (or equivalent) in September 2020 (ie taking A Levels or IB or equivalents in the next two years) .
We welcome essays in response to any of the 5 titles listed on the right (also written below). When constructing their essays, we strongly encourage students to consider economic ideas which are beyond the traditional, Neo-Liberal syllabus of most economics courses and to support their arguments with real-world examples.
Essays should be between 1000 and 2000 words in length (excluding any citations) and entries submitted by 23:59 on September 6th
Please submit your essay via email by following the instructions:
1. Use the subject heading 'CSEP Essay Entry'
2. In your email body please tell us your name and school
3. Save your document under the format 'Your_Name-Question#' (e.g. John_Maynard_Keynes-1)
4. Attach your essay as a PDF
5. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any queries about the competition, please send an email with your question to email@example.com.
If the picture isn't loading, isn't easy to read, or you want to copy and paste the titles, the essay titles are:
1. Do free markets and limited government actually restrict liberty?
2. The global North is rich largely due to exploitation and underdevelopment of the global South, which still goes on to this day, and therefore owes reparations to rectify this rift. Discuss
3. To what extent should Covid-19 change our perceptions of (socio-)economic inequality and the policies in place to address it?
4. Assess the need for countries to sacrifice economic growth for the sake of the environment
5. In light of recent conventional monetary and fiscal policy currently reaching their supposed limits, assess alternative ways to resuscitate the economy