IEA Sixth Form Essay Competition 2020
The Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize
We are delighted to announce this year’s competition for A- Level and IB students, with a 1st prize of £500 and £250 each for three runners up. There is also a prize of £500 for the school with the highest number of entrants. The top 20 entries will all be invited to a special one-day event at the IEA in the Autumn term.
The competition is open to students studying International Baccalaureate or A Level. Entries should be submitted by email to [email protected] and should include the name of your school. The final deadline for this year’s competition is Friday 24th July 2020.
The prize for this competition is named after Dorian Fisher, the wife of Sir Antony Fisher, founder of the IEA, who was a long-time supporter of the Institute and its work.
Entries to the competition should contain the following three pieces of work:
- A short essay, of roughly 1,200 words, on one of the following questions:
(a) Why do economists focus more on individual choices and interactions between individuals, and less on collective action?
(b) “Cities and their connections, rather than nations, are now the key units of the world economy”. Is this true and if so what are the implications?
(c) What exactly is economic growth and why do some parts of the world grow more rapidly than others?
- A 500-word answer to one of the following three questions:
(a) What does the concept of rationality mean in economics?
(b) What do economists mean by scarcity and why is that idea so central in economics?
(c) Is there anything that cannot be given an economic value?
- A 500-word answer to the following question.
Identify an area of economics that you think should be given more attention in the A-Level or IB syllabus and say why this is so.
Anyone wishing to enter the competition should feel free to contact the IEA for guidance about selected reading by sending an email to [email protected] The email should have “essay prize” in the subject line.