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School students around the world taking A level economics are invited to seek recognition as Young Economist of the Year in a competition run by the Royal Economic Society in association with the Financial Times. 

Applicants have until July 27 to write up to 1,500 words on one of the five questions picked for this year. The winning article will be published in the Financial Times and on the RES website and the author will receive £1,000, with £200 for each of the runners up. 

Entries will be judged on originality, quality of writing, economic content and quality of the economic argument. 

The five questions are:

• “A Mansion Tax is an idea whose time has come.” Discuss.

• Will targets to bring greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to net zero by 2050 be a drag on economic growth?

• “The gig economy is a great opportunity to increase women’s participation in the labour market by allowing more flexibility.” Discuss.

• Given the concentration of high-value economic sectors in big cities, is a promise to significantly reduce regional inequalities by ‘levelling up’ possible to fulfil?

• From an economic point of view, are rules limiting the transfer of data to other countries on privacy or security grounds any different from protectionism in the trade of goods?

The competition is part of the FT’s schools programme, which provides free access to the FT for students aged 16-19, their teachers and schools around the world. Supporting ideas and data for entrants can be found in the FT. Full details and information on submission are available on the RES competition website.

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