Competition Essay

Essay Competition The IEA is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Essay Competition for the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize. The top prize of ? 1,000 went to Daniel Sharp of Abingdon Boys School for an essay on the question “What does economic theory (such as that of Optimal Currency Areas) suggest about the causes of the crisis in the Eurozone and the possible ways forward? ”. The three runner up prizes of ? 500 each went to Chiraag Patel (Merchant Taylors School), Shane Mahen (Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet), and Laura Doel (St Mary’s Calne).

Those who came just outside the top four included Oscar Ellis (Berkhamstead School), Nick Gill (Birkenhead), Gino Engle (Birmingham Metropolitan), Helena Finch and Valerie Tsui (Cheltenham Ladies College), Alisha Kapoor (Henrietta Barnett School), Nkush Sodha and Jeffrey Xiao (Q E Barnet), Will Pearce (The Judd School), Nishith Hegde (King Edward Five Ways), Keegan Creighton (Simon Langton Grammar School), John Ogundele (Liverpool Blue Coat), and Joe Baldwin, Matthew Burt and Chris Gao (Royal Grammar School High Wycombe).

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The prize of ? 500 for the highest number of entries went to Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet with Berkhamstead School, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, Wellington College, and Birkenhead School also featuring. The IEA’s Education Director, Dr Steve Davies, said: “This year the average quality was very high, which made the task of the judges in picking the top four entries very demanding.

There were more entries than last year and an improvement on the already high standard of work. There was also a larger number of schools represented than in previous years and a very even spread of answers over the three topics. The responses to the question on how to improve the A Level syllabus were in general both original and thoughtful. All of the top entries showed both clarity of argument and originality of thought, as well as evidence of original research.

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the winners and their teachers and to thank everyone who took part in what has been a rewarding and informative exercise for all of us here at the IEA”. There will be a prize giving event at the IEA on the 25th of October at which prizes will be given out to the winners and certificates will be awarded to all of those who placed in the top 10% of entries. Invitations are now being sent out to the winners and high placed entrants, inviting them, their parents and their teachers to the event.

We look forward to meeting you all then. Every year we hold an essay competition for A Level, IB, and pre-university Economics students, for the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize. with a prize of ? 1,000 for the entry judged best and ? 500 each for the three runners up. There is also a prize of ? 500 for the school with the highest number of entrants. The four top winners, along with the twelve other best entries, will all be invited to a special one day event at the IEA in the Autumn term at which they will be given a certificate and the award.