MARSHALL SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION 2018

Marshall Society Essay Competition 2018 Results

After much deliberation, the Marshall Society is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 essay competition. Entries this year were of exceptionally high quality, and as such selecting a shortlist was a difficult task. We would like to thank all those who participated in the competition for their efforts. Congratulations to the author of the winning entry, Alexander Nielsen, whose outstanding essay provided an original and innovative assessment of the ways in which public-private cooperation can help harness the potential of renewable electricity production. The Society selected two runners-up: Sam Christie, for a thoroughly-researched essay offering an insightful examination of the costs and benefits of common currencies in the context of optimum currency area theory, and Fredric Kong, for an excellent explanation of the theoretical underpinnings of the Phillips curve and an impressive evaluation of its empirical support. Listed below are the details of these entries, and a shortlist of 22 other entries that were highly commended. Congratulations to all!

Winner

Alexander Nielsen King’s College School, Wimbledon How can public private partnerships promote renewable energy solutions, and what are the benefits?

Runners-Up

Sam Christie Abingdon School Do common currencies create more problems than they solve?
Fredric Kong Dulwich College Shanghai Is the Phillips Curve real and useful?

Shortlist

Mathis Bitton Kristin School Fourth Industrial Revolution or Inescapable Robocalypse?
Mingyang Chen DLD College London To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
Oliver Gadsby The Perse School To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
Hanna Gesang Malvern College To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
Cary Godsal Eton College Examining the Importance of Cultural Institutions as a driver of Economic Growth
Jun Kang King George V School, Hong Kong What are the arguments for subsidising education? Is there a case for taxing it?
Rajveer Kochar The Doon School, Dehradun, India To what extent would the USAChina trade war boomerang on the American economy?
Isha Lamba Westminster School Why has the UK pub industry declined and will it continue to do so?
Mahin Vekaria Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Do free markets offer the best solutions to environmental problems?
Marcus Mayfield The Perse School To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
Françoise Nel Wakefield Grammar School Foundation In the fortieth anniversary year of economic reforms which launched China’s phenomenal economic growth, does this provide sufficient evidence that autocratic governments are more successful at devising and implementing policies to promote economic growth than democratic ones?
Omiya Zhou Harrow International School Hong Kong What role does asymmetric information play in financial markets?
He Pan Warwick School Do free markets offer the best solutions to environmental problems?
Hamzah Patel Ilford County High School How to Predict and Prevent a Recession
Zhang Ruiwen Eton College To What Extent is it in the United States’ Interest to Wage a ‘Trade War’ with China?
Prithvi Singh Vasant Valley School Is a cashless society conceivable?
Nawisara Siriprasert d’Overbroecks College Is a cashless society conceivable?
Faraz Syed King Edward VI Grammar School “The Free Market Mechanism has failed to provide a just allocation of resources.” Discuss.
Chanwoong (Brandon) Wang Queensland Academies for Health Sciences Do free markets offer the best solutions to environmental problems?
Jeremy Worlock Warwick School What role does asymmetric information play in financial markets?
Max Wormsley Brighton College To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
Jessica Yin Jiayi Raffles Institution Do free markets offer the best solutions to environmental problems?

The Marshall Society Essay Competition 2018

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 equivalent qualifications to demonstrate their ability to write a convincing and well-structured essay. Emphasis should be placed on sound explanation of economic theory and well-reasoned arguments, drawing on relevant real-world evidence. Entrants are advised to make their essays as concise as the topic allows: the guideline is 1500 words. As always, we encourage students to produce their own titles, but they should equally feel free to use any of the suggested titles listed below should they wish to do so:

  1. What are arguments for subsidising education? Is there a case for taxing it?
  2. To what extent is it in the United States’ interest to initiate a ‘trade war’ with China?
  3. Do common currencies create more problems than they solve?
  4. Is a cashless society conceivable?
  5. Do free markets offer the best solutions to environmental problems?
  6. What role does asymmetric information play in financial markets?

Entries should be submitted via email attachment to magazine@marshallsociety.com (please ensure that it is attached as either a Microsoft Word or PDF file, and is titled in the format ‘Last Name, First Name’). 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 2018.

 The essays will be judged individually and the shortlist, runners up, and winner will be announced in September. The author of the winning essay will also receive £50; the two runners up will receive £25 each.

In addition to this, a selection of the best essays will be published in the 2018-2019 edition of the Marshall Society’s magazine, The Dismal Scientist. If you have any queries regarding the competition, please contact the magazine editor at magazine@marshallsociety.com.

Please also observe that by entering you agree to the terms and conditions listed below:

  1. Your submitted essay must be your work alone and any assistance given to you whilst writing your essay must be declared in your email.
  2. You cannot make any revisions to your essay once it has been submitted.
  3. Only students studying in sixth form or below (graduating in 2018 or later) or any international equivalent are eligible. Please note that you do not have to be studying in the UK to enter.
  4. Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely for the purpose of this competition and will not be disclosed to any third parties for any purpose without prior consent.
  5. The essay that is entered may not be entered into any other competition.
  6. The winner, runners up and those with shortlisted essays will be contacted via the email used to submit the essay. Unfortunately, any other feedback will not be possible to any of the entrants.
  7. The Marshall Society reserves the final right, where necessary, to make amendments to the above terms and conditions and to select the winners of the competition.