Marshall Essay Competition

Marshall Essay Competition invites students to submit an essay on a specific topic related to economics. Past topics have included "The role of the state in the economy," "The future of work," and "Inequality and its consequences."

Competition Details

Introduction: Established in 1927, the Marshall Society is the Economics Society of the University of Cambridge. The competition invites pre-university students to write a convincing and well-structured essay related to economic theories.

Competition Format: Participants are to submit an essay response to one of the following questions:

  1. In what ways could Artificial Intelligence reshape the labour market? Will it usher in Keynes’ ‘age of leisure’?
  2. ‘Policymakers can’t exploit the Phillips curve to reduce unemployment due to the Lucas critique.’ Evaluate this statement.
  3. The US Federal Child Tax Credit is scheduled to revert from $2,000 to $1,000 by 2025. Is this policy a mistake?
  4. Tensions between the US and China have been steadily increasing. Is it in the US’ interest to decouple from China economically?
  5. ‘There were no meaningful long-run changes in living standards until the Industrial Revolution.’ Discuss.
  6. Has Economics run out of big new ideas? If so, what are the implications? If not, justify with an example.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 13th August 2023, 11:59pm BST. Late submissions will not be considered.


  • First place: £50
  • Finalists: £25
  • Commendation: No monetary prize, awarded to excellent submissions shortlisted for finalist.

Competition Website: LINK

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Submission deadline

Sunday 13th August 2023, 11:59pm BST

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