Essay Competition

Economic Futures Competition Winners 2020

The 2020 Economic Futures Essay Competition was open to all Scottish students registered at a Scottish University studying Economics or an economics related subject.

Students were invited to write an essay on an Economics topic related to COVID-19.  The competition was fierce and we had almost 100 entries, all of a very high standard.  From the essays submitted, 20 were selected for progress to round 2.  Following further assessment by the panel, 10 were forwarded to our two judges Libby Brooks and Alf Young for a final round of assessment.  The judges picked their top 4 and with the standard being so high, it was decided to award runner up prizes for the remaining 6 essays.  Congratulations to all of our winners!

We would like to extend out thanks to everyone involved, the competition entrants, the review panel and our judges. 

Listed below are our top 10 essays, we hope you enjoy reading them.  The top 4 essays will be published in the September edition of the FAI Economic Commentary.

1st Place Winning Essay
The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer: Exploring the Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on the Widening Inequality Gap in the UK
Catherine Bouchard: University of Glasgow
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2nd Place Winning Essay
Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on air quality and possible long-run effect on environment.
Maciej Zielinski: University of Glasgow
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3rd Place Winning Essay
How Reliant are UK Universities on Tuition Fees and How Will They Adapt in a PostPandemic World?
Lori McCluskey: University of Dundee
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4th Place Winning Essay
COVID-19: Will the Economic Impact on Women Set Gender Equality Back Decades?
Leanne Wilson: Glasgow Caledonian University
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Runner Up
How has the Global Pandemic changed UK Food Markets will these changes aid in a Lower Carbon economy?
Julia Robbie: University of Strathclyde
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Runner Up
A Tale of Two Lockdowns: How COVID-19 is Exposing Inequality in the UK
Anton Knoche: University of Edinburgh
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Runner Up
Economic Uncertainty and Covid-19: The Role of Data in the Pandemic
Anubhav Chowdhury: University of Edinburgh
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Runner Up
How Much Will Lifting Lockdown and Easing Restrictions on the Public Reverse the United Kingdom’s Economic Slump?
Syed Jarrar Husssain: University of Stirling
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Runner Up
COVID-19 and Inequality in the U.K: How has the crisis impacted income, educational and gender inequalities, and what can the government do about it?
Georga McNally: Heriot-Watt University
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Runner Up
What does the future hold? The new reality and the economics of the post-lockdown world
Magdalena Jaworska: University of Glasgow
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