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Marshall Society Essay Competition (Cambridge)

The Marshall Society, the economics society of the University of Cambridge, is pleased to announce the opening of its annual essay competition. This is an opportunity for all students currently working towards A-levels, the IB or any equivalent qualifications to demonstrate their ability to write a convincing and well-structured essay.

These essays should make use of both economic theory and real world evidence where appropriate, and should be as concise as the topic allows: essays should be kept to fewer than 1500 words if possible! As always, we encourage students to come up with their own titles, but they should also feel free to use any of the ideas provided below if they wish:

  1. A lack of democracy is more conducive to economic growth and prosperity. Discuss in relation to past and present real world examples.
  2. Quantitative easing has been a failure. Comment.
  3. Is it justifiable for economic institutions and state bodies to publish false economic data if it leads to more sustained economic growth in reality?
  4. Crime has a net beneficial effect on the economy. Discuss.
  5. Is there an economic case for state support of the UK steel industry? If so, how best should this support be provided?
  6. Considering the evidence of the past few years, has the theory of secular stagnation been strengthened or weakened?
  7. Economists will always be in demand. Comment.
  8. Thanks to technological advancements, international trade will eventually become a defunct subtopic of economics. Discuss.

Entries can be submitted via email attachment to (please ensure that it is attached in either Microsoft Word or PDF format). The email should contain your full name, school, date of birth and a declaration of any assistance you received from teachers or tutors. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59pm 31st July 2016.

The essays will be judged individually and the shortlist, runners up and winner will be announced by the end of summer. The author of the winning essay will also receive £100; the two runners up will receive £50 each. In addition to this, a selection of the best essays will be published in the 2016-2017 edition of the Marshall Society’s magazine, the Dismal Scientist.

If you have any queries regarding the competition please contact the magazine editor at this email address

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