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Economic Nationalism- Topic Guide


Economic Academic Season (EAS)
2017 Royal Economics Society Essay Competition
Grade 11 & Grade 12
For Economics Academic Season, any Grade 11 or Grade 12 students studying International Baccalaureate (IB) economics courses are invited to write a unique essay of between 1,000 to 2,500 words, on a subject set by the President of the Royal Economic Society, calling on key elements of their studies, examples from the world around them and imaginative discussion.
Submit your essay in .doc format, double-spaced, 12 pt. Garamond font, with appropriate MLA in-text and works-cited citations to the email of your economics teacher by the end of Economics Academic Season. The Economics Department will select the top-performing essays and submit them to the Royal Economics Society along with their applications. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Zhou
Essay Topics:
1. A recent UK tribunal case has found that Uber drivers are not self-employed and so should be paid the minimum wage and holiday pay. Is this to the advantage of actual and potential drivers or not?
2. Some politicians have proposed a maximum wage to lessen inequality. From an economics perspective, do you think it is good idea?
3. “Governments should raise the public science budget, to boost flagging UK productivity growth”. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
4.“Having more grammar schools would help raise education levels and opportunities”. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
5. “If you don't look after your health, you can't expect free access to healthcare”. Is this wrong? What are the economic arguments?
6. A report ( has recently concluded that it's worth investing in tidal lagoon systems even though the energy produced is expensive. What are the key judgments and assumptions, which lead to this conclusion, and how would you challenge them?
The winner of the Young Economist of the Year receives an award and wins £1,000, with runners-up each receiving £500. All those on the final shortlist or highly commended lists will receive a certificate from