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2022-3 Essay Competition

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 2022 (ie taking A Levels or IB or equivalents in the next two years) .

We welcome essays in response to any of the 5 titles written below. When writing their essays, we strongly encourage students to consider economic ideas which are beyond the traditional, neoliberal syllabus of most economics courses and to support their arguments with real-world examples/data.

Essays should be between 1000 and 2000 words in length (excluding any citations) and entries should be submitted by 23:59 UK Time (GMT+1
) on September 4th, 2022.

Please submit your essay via email by following the instructions:

  1. Use the subject heading 'CSEP Essay Entry'

  2. In your email please tell us your name and school

  3. Save your document under the format 'Your_Name-Question#' (e.g. John_Maynard_Keynes-Q1)

  4. Attach your essay as a PDF

  5. Send it to

Award winners shall consist of one 1st prize winner and three runners-up. The 1st prize winner will receive a cash prize of £50. The runners-up will each receive a cash prize of £15. All winners will receive certificates of commendation for their work and be featured in CSEP's newsletter/website.

Result of the competition will be published on this page on October 2nd, 2022. Prize winner will be contacted individually regarding their prize.

If you have any queries about the competition, please send an email with your question to

By submitting your essay, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the CSEP Essay Competition.

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"Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon". Discuss in the context of inflation UK now face.



There is a common view that technological progress slowed significantly between 1970 and 2020, as compared to 1920 to 1970 (Bryne, et al, 2013; Clancy, 2021). Is it true? What's the implication and how the world can deal with it?



Crypto Currency

Is crypto currency the future of money?



How did Covid-19 Crisis interact with world inequality? What's the implication of your finding for government policies?



History of Economic Thought

Despite its dominance in 20th century economic thought, neoclassical ideas have come under considerable criticism in the past decade for its assumptions of rational preferences and utility-maximisation, among others. Is neoclassical economics still relevant to economic analysis today?

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