The IEA is delighted to announce the winners of the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize for this year's essay competition for A level economics students.
The clear winner in the view of all of the judges was Ellie Heatherill from Runshaw College, Leyland with an essay on the question "What do economists see as the causes of economic growth and which of these do you see as the most important?". The three runner up prizes went to Alexander Jackson, Daniel Dowe, of Wellington College and Tom Rutter of Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury. Daniel's main essay also looked at the question on economic growth while Alexander and Tom both addressed the question "Do we have any explanations for the continuing problems of the euro and do they in turn suggest any ways of resolving them?". Among those who came in the top 15 out of over 200 entries were Harry Sepede of Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Rushil Sajip of Queen Elizabeth's School Barnet, Joey Yau form Poole Grammar, and Stephen Chandler from Shrewsbury School.
The prize for the school with the highest number of entries went to Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, with the winner for the last three years (Queen Elizabeth's Barnet) the runner up. There were also honourable mentions for Twynham School, and St Peter's School, Bournemouth. In all there were entries from over 54 schools, with entries from all over the UK, and overseas, including Singapore and Dubai.
The IEA's Education Director, Dr Steve Davies said:
"Once again this competition has attracted a large number of entrants, from an even wider range of schools than before. The quality of the entries was very high and showed evidence of both enthusiasm and a great deal of effort and research on the part of the students. The main essays were of a high standard with some truly outstanding ones. In addition there were very interesting and thoughtful responses to the two shorter essay questions, in particular to the one inviting suggestions for the improvement of the A Level syllabus, which showed real originality and thoughtfulness..We are delighted with the quality of the entries and encouraged by what this tells us about the coming generation of economists and their interest in and engagement with important questions of economics".
An awards ceremony and event will be held for the prize winners and those who placed highly in the competition on Monday 28th October, at the IEA offices at 2 Lord North Street, Westminster. Invitees and prize winers will be contacted directly by mail. All entrants will receive a copy of the latest issue of the IEA's EA magazine.