HIR Academic Writing Contest Prep – Economics Category

Students will use college-level economic theory and models to analyze economic issues of major significance today, connected to international affairs. The instruction will provide students with the tools necessary to write an 800-1,200 word essay, which can then be submitted to the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest. The class will guide students to integrate their acquired knowledge of economic theory, phenomena, data, and policy, and to apply this knowledge to studying a topic shaping the world today, based on the theme of “Globalization vs. Isolation.” Students will gain the analytical tools to make informed policy recommendations for how to best address the economic issues raised in their article.

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The world’s top academic journal “Harvard International Review” has launched an academic writing competition for global high school students!

The HIR Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest is founded by the Harvard International Review, a quarterly magazine covering insights on international affairs. The magazine has featured commentary by 43 Presidents and Prime Ministers, 4 Secretaries-General, 4 Nobel Economics Prize laureates, and 7 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Aralia Education invites economics professors from well-known liberal arts colleges to lead students with an interest in economics to explore economic issues in Globalization vs. Isolation. Competition Information can be accessed HERE.

Tutor Intro

Professor P — Trinity College Professor

  • Currently teaching Economics at Trinity College, a well-known American college in economics 
  • Worked as a researcher in the Economics Department of Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and delivered speeches at many international economic conferences such as the ASSA American Economic Association Annual Conference and the World Economic History Center Conference;
  • Teaches university-level macroeconomic theory, international economic relations, American economic history, currency, banking and financial markets, economic writing, and other subjects;
  • He is good at using business news and examples to help students understand the practicality and depth of economics. With his long-term research on economic history, he is able to integrate economics, politics, and history to guide students to think in different aspects;
  • Has published many research papers in economic journals, focusing on the macroeconomic instability and international investment during the “first era of globalization” from 1870 to 1913;
  • Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a doctorate in economics. 
Class Intro

In this course, students will use college-level economic theory and models to analyze economic issues of major significance today, connected to international affairs. The instruction will provide students with the tools necessary to write an 800-1,200 word essay, which can then be submitted to the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest. The class will guide students to integrate their acquired knowledge of economic theory, phenomena, data, and policy, and to apply this knowledge to studying a topic shaping the world today, based on the theme of “Globalization vs. Isolation.” Students will gain the analytical tools to make informed policy recommendations for how to best address the economic issues raised in their article.

The goal of this course is to help students learn how to read, critically evaluate, and begin to produce economic articles, with a particular emphasis on empirical evidence. Students will review introductory concepts in international economics and macroeconomics. Students will learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. The primary goal is to develop and then build on your understanding of the analytical tools and approaches used by economists, and to use those tools to develop an original article. By the end of the course, students will produce an essay suitable for submission to the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest. In addition to helping students prepare for the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest, this course will also provide a strong foundation for students who want to continue on with the study of college-level economics.

Class Outcome

By the end of this course, students should:

  1. Understand major issues in international economics.
  2. Understand how economists use data and theory to write analytical papers.
  3. Understand how to produce sophisticated articles on economic issues, and what makes for effective writing in economics.
  4. Have an 800-1,200 word article ready to submit to the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest on the theme “Globalization vs. Isolation.”

Class Timeline

Lessons

Content

1

Competition overview

AP style writing

How to do economics research

2

Critically reading through example papers

Analyzing what makes for effective writing about issues in international economics

3-8

One-on-one classes centered around guiding students through writing their articles to submit to the Harvard International Review Academic Writing Contest

Students

Students who have a certain foundation in economics, want to publish papers and participate in competitions.

Feedback

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.

Schedule

8AM-10AM, Sunday, September 12, Eastern Time

2 group sessions (2 hours per session) and 6 one-on-one sessions (1 hour per session).

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