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Economic Futures Student Essay Competition launched…

We are delighted to announce our first student essay competition as part of the Economic Futures initiative.

The 2020 Economic Futures Essay Competition (Economic Futures) is open to all students registered at a Scottish University studying Economics or a related subject.

We’re looking for essays of under 1,500 words. Your essay should be original – i.e. yours! – and address a question related to the economics of COVID-19.

Stuck for what to write about? The topic is up to you, but possible ideas include:

  • Is a basic income a viable option for a post COVID-19 economy?
  • Will COVID-19 accelerate or decelerate the transition to a low carbon economy?
  • Has globalisation helped or hindered the response to the pandemic?

As some inspiration, there’s a great new resource where you can learn about the economics of COVID-19 called the Economics Observatory (a collaboration of university researchers across the UK).

We are delighted that joining the Fraser team in evaluating the essays will be journalists Libby Brooks and Alf Young.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a prize of £1,000, with £750 for the author of the second place essay, £500 for the third placed essay, and £250 for the fourth placed essay.

If you are a prize winner you may also see your essay published on the Fraser of Allander website.

Entries to be submitted via the link on the Economics Futures web page: Economic Futures by the 23:59 3rd July 2020.

All enquiries can be directed to:


The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) is a leading economy research institute based in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.