The Political Economy Club 

BICENTENARY ESSAY COMPETITION

Founded in London, 1821, by James Mill (father of John Stuart Mill).  Founder members including Thomas Malthus, and David Ricardo. 

ESSAY TITLES (CHOOSE 1 OF 2 QUESTIONS)

1.  How relevant are the ideas of Malthus and Ricardo respectively to today’s issues of climate change (is this an example of Malthusian limits?) and of limits to markets (is globalisation with free trade and free capital movements an unmixed blessing?)?     

                                                 

 2. With UK real income per head up 15 times over the past 200 years and more evenly distributed, will this be repeated over the next 200 years? – and if not, why not?

RULES OF COMPETITION 

  1. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant

  2. Maximum length: 2,500 words

  3. Entries must be submitted by midnight on January 31st, 2021

  4. A 1st Prize of £5,000 will be awarded, with 2 runner-up prizes of £2,500 (each), the competition to be judged by a panel consisting of Peter Oppenheimer of Christ Church College, Oxford, Professor Lord Skidelsky of Warwick University, and Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, which is co-sponsor of this essay competition.  The Financial Times will publish the essay of the winner, subject to its editorial approval at the time.

  5. You must register to enter this competition. On registering you will receive a 'UniqueID' from us via email. Before submitting your essay entry, you must make sure that ONLY your 'UniqueID' is visible in the header and/or footer of your essay document. Please use your 'UniqueID' as the title of your document. Any essay entries that have personal details on them (ie. Name/Email/Address) will NOT be accepted.

  6. The essay must be an original work, submitted in English. If it is translated from a foreign-language original, that must be acknowledged and the translator's name and credentials given.

  7. Only Word (.doc) and PDF (.pdf) documents will be accepted.

REGISTER TO RECEIVE YOUR UNIQUEID

Please register via the below form to receive an email which will contain your UniqueID.  It is essential this UniqueID be applied to the header and/or footer of each page of your essay document. Use your 'UniqueID' when you name your document. Please omit any personally identifiable details from the document, ie. Name, Email etc.

SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY ENTRY

Please click here to submit your competition entry.  Please have your UniqueID ready and note your essay must include this in the header and footer of every page.  If you have not received your UniqueID over email, please either re-register and check your junk folder in your emails, or email us.

 
 
 
 

The Political Economy Club 

FOUNDED IN LONDON, 1821

BICENTENARY ESSAY COMPETITION 2020/2021