Essay Competition

Results of the Dorian Fisher Prize Essay Competition for 2014.

The IEA is delighted to announce the results for this years Dorian Fisher essay prize Competition. The winner was Tom Goldsworthy of Denstone College, for an essay on the topic “Why Has the Proportion of the World’s Population Defined As being in ‘Extreme Poverty’ Declined and Can We Expect This To Continue?”. The three runners up were Liam Haslam, of John Leggott College, Calum Davy of Colchester Royal Grammar School, and Dimitry Karavaikin of St Paul’s School. The judges also noted very strong entries from a number of other entrants, including but not limited to Ali Revell, Max Bowling (Nottingham High), Aum Thacker (Queen Elizabeth’s Barnet), Ashwin Bhakre (UWC Atlantic College), Thomas Talbert (Notre Dame, Sheffield), Sophia Stevens (Chatham Grammar) and Danielle Ball (Nottingham Girls).  Royal grammar School High Wycombe won the prize for the highest number of entries for the second year, narrowly beating Queen Elizabeth’s Barnet.

The IEA’s Education Director, Dr Steve Davies, said “Once again we have had a large number of entries from a wide range of schools in all parts of the country. The quality and originality of the entries was again very high, with a great deal of serious and careful work going into all of the entries, most notably in the answers to the third question on how to improve the A Level syllabus. It is very gratifying to see that so many able and thoughtful young people are engaged with and exploring the discipline of economics. The winning entry was an excellent example of clear and sharp argument and analysis in all three parts of the submission. Selecting the three runners up was a difficult task but we felt that the three who got the prize all showed that extra spark of originality”.

There will be an event in October at which the prizes will be awarded and given out and certificates of excellence will be given to the best fifteen entries other than the prize winners (being those who came in the top 5% of entries).  The winners and others will be invited and given details of the event in the next two days.

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