MARSHALL SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION 2016

After much deliberation, the Society is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 essay competition. All entries were of an exceptionally high quality, and as such choosing a shortlist of 15 essays was a hard task. Congratulations to the author of the winning entry, Jacob Thorpe, whose evaluation of the policy of Quantitative Easing was outstanding, as well as to the two runners up, Fenella Atkinson and Sebastian Shemirani, who delivered excellent analysis regarding the refugee crisis and wage gap respectively. Below are the details of these entries and the full shortlist, which contains 13 further essays which were highly commended.

Winner

Jacob Thorpe Wrekin College Quantitative Easing does not work. Comment.

Runners-up

Fenella Atkinson Guildford High School How can Economics solve the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation?
Sebastian Shemirani Eton College 77 Cents: Fixing the Wage Gap

Shortlist

Anubhav Chowdhury The High School of Glasgow Economists will always be in demand. Comment.
Daniel Davidson Caterham School A lack of democracy is conducive to economic growth and prosperity. Discuss in relation to past and present real word examples.
James Greensitt-Black Manchester Grammar School Is there an economic case for state support of the UK steel industry? If so, how best should this support be provided?
Jung-hoon Seo Tiffin School Autocracy and its role within inducing economic growth and prosperity in South Korea
Keir North Manchester Grammar School Is there an economic case for state support of the UK steel industry? If so, how best should this support be provided?
Keshav Raghavan Brunswick School, CT, USA It’s A Small World, After All: The future of international trade theory
Matthew Lennard Colchester Royal Grammar School A lack of democracy is more conducive to economic growth and prosperity. Discuss in relation to past and present examples.
Robert Brunton The Perse School Is it justifiable for state bodies to publish false economic data if it leads to more sustained economic growth in reality?
See Chung Yi Raffles Institution, Singapore Crime has a net beneficial effect on the economy. Discuss.
Seung Joo Kim Eton College Considering the evidence of the past few years, has the theory of secular stagnation been strengthened or weakened?
Sun-Hong Huh Eton College Urban Wars: Crime, Property and People
Yi Song Wilson’s School In a clash of political ideals, is autocracy superior to democracy for stimulating economic growth?