IEA Competition

Success in the Institute of Economic Affairs’ national essay competition

September 2009

Winners of IEA prizes
The successful trio

Three Abingdon economics students have won prizes in the Institute of Economics Affairs’ national essay competition. The students were required to write a 1500-word essay on whether increased government spending was the best strategy for getting the economy out of recession. The competition attracted 400 entries from schools across the UK and the entries were judged by the Director of the I.E.A., an I.E.A. Research Fellow, Dr. Steven Davies of the University of Manchester and Dr. Mark Pennington of the University of London.

Eric Gartz won the second prize of £500, and Jonathan Wong and Mark Power Smith were runners up winning £100 each. Awarding of the first prize was particularly difficult - it required two rounds of judging because the panel were torn between Eric’s essay and the winning entry from Westminster School. Both Eric and Jonathan should also be congratulated on having achieved 200/200 in their AS Economics exams.