THE DORIAN FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2022: Students Essay Competition

THE DORIAN FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2022: Students Essay Competition..learn how to submit to this essay Competitions 2022


We are delighted to announce this year’s competition for A- Level and IB students, with a 1st prize of £500 and £250 each for three runners up. 

There is also a prize of £500 for the school with the highest number of entrants. 

The top 20 entries will all be invited to a special one-day event at the IEA in the Autumn term.

The competition is open to students studying International Baccalaureate or A Level. Entries should be submitted by email to

The email should clearly state your name and school. The final deadline for this year’s competition is Friday 29th July at 23:59:59 2022.

This competition is named after Dorian Fisher, the wife of IEA founder Sir Antony Fisher, who was a long-time supporter of the Institute and its work.

Entries to the competition should contain the following three pieces of work:

A short essay, of roughly 1,200 words, on one of the following questions:

(a) “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon” (Milton Friedman). How useful is Friedman’s argument for understanding the current inflationary pressures?

(b) At the time the pandemic began most economists thought its effect would on balance be deflationary. The reality is that inflation has surged. How and why did this happen?

(c) Why might rising energy costs be an essential part of a Net Zero policy to address climate change?

A 500-word answer to one of the following two questions:

(a) In what sense is information an economic good? 

(b) What is money in economic thinking and why is it such a difficult concept for economists to deal with? 

A 500-word answer to the following question.

Identify an area of economics that you think should be given more attention in the A-Level or IB syllabus and say why this is so.



Are international students allowed to apply?

Yes! You cannot have been in tertiary education (university or equivalent).

Do I have to study A-level Economics to apply?

No, you do not have to study A-level Economics, but you must be in Sixth Form or equivalent (last two years of high school).

How do I submit my entry?

Entries should be submitted by email to Please submit all three questions on ONE word document or PDF.

What style of referencing should I use?

Harvard style referencing is preferred. A guide for doing this can be found here.

Should I include a bibliography? Does the bibliography count towards the word count?

A bibliography is recommended to state your sources. The bibliography does not count towards the word count, but the embedded references do.              

Can I include graphs and diagrams?

Yes, graphs and diagrams are allowed, but not compulsory.

How stringent is the word count?

Please stick to the word count provided. We will not stop reading past the word count given, but do not go over by more than 5%.

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THE DORIAN FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2022: Students Essay Competition
THE DORIAN FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2022: Students Essay Competition..learn how to submit to this essay Competitions 2022
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