Rethinking Economic Policy

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2017 Essay Competition supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative

Join us for the award ceremony and discussion event on 15 February 2017, 6.30pm at Freie Universität Berlin.

Essay Competition

In this writing competition we invite students and early career professionals of ages 30 years and under to submit an original article analyzing a current issue linked to economic policy. Submissions closed on October 31, 2017.

The three winners will be awarded cash prizes and will be invited to Berlin to present their ideas at a discussion event with invited experts in January 2018.

The essays will be judged by an expert panel consisting of Professor Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs), Professor Vera Chiodi (New Sorbonne University), and Professor Philipp Lepenies (Free University of Berlin).

Essay Topic

Identify an issue that calls for a new perspective in economic policy and outline an innovative solution.


The monetary prizes will be as follows:

First place: €400

Second place: €200

Third place: €100

The winners will be invited to attend a discussion event with invited experts hosted at the Free University’s Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science in Berlin. Travel costs will be reimbursed for the first place winner up to a maximum of €700. Any surplus travel funding will be offered to the second – and potentially also third – place winners to reimburse their travel costs as well.


Submissions should be sent via email to as either .pdf or .docx by October 31, 2017, at 23:59 (Central European Time Zone). Please include with your submission:

  • Your name
  • Title and word count of your document
  • Your age
  • Your current location

Information on your age, name and location will neither be shared with the review team nor with the jury.


Open to all students and young professionals of 30 years of age or younger.

Writing Guidelines

Submissions must be between 800 and 1000 words (excluding references), be written in English (US American), and supported with at least five references to credible sources (Chicago Style endnotes).  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of the author.

Please provide a short, attention-grabbing title (max. 8 words) and an article summary (max. 50 words).

Judgement Criteria

The Policy Corner will shortlist the six best essays and forward them to our expert panel, who will rank them based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation of idea and argument in the realm of new economic thinking
  • Coherence and persuasiveness of the argument
  • Applicability of recommendation(s) to the real world
  • Written style
  • Rigor of evidence

We further invite all participants to refer to The Policy Corner’s submission guidelines for further ideas on how to write a persuasive article.

Who Are We?

The Policy Corner is an inclusive platform for students and young professionals to publish research-based articles on global issues. Founded in 2016, we aim to empower young scholars to engage in public debates while providing readers with innovative commentaries on current policy challenges.

The Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) is an international community of students, young professionals, and researchers researching innovative ways of thinking about the economy. The Initiative is organized by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and generously provided the funding for this essay competition.

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) is a non-profit think tank based in New York, founded in 2009 with the mission to nurture a global community of next-generation economic leaders. INET’s advisory board includes many of the world’s leading economists, including nobel laureates Amartya Sen, A. Michael Spence, George Akerlof, James Heckman, Sir James Mirrlees, and Joseph Stiglitz.

The Otto Suhr Institute is the largest institute of political science in Germany. It encompasses more than 20 research centers and offers a large variety of study courses and programs. The Institute’s main focus lies on on area studies, international relations, and environmental research.

Further Information

All submitting authors who meet The Policy Corner’s submission requirements will be invited to have their article undergo peer review, copyediting, and be published on our website. We additionally aim to translate and publish all articles into French and German.

We encourage you to use of this opportunity to sharpen your writing skills, join the debate, and publish your thoughts and ideas on an innovative platform with an interested audience. If you have any further questions you can visit our website contact us at



  1. What does the two-step selection process mean?

Your article will be reviewed internally by members of the Policy Corner and a shortlist of six articles will be forwarded to the jury committee. Depending on their voting, we will award the winners of the competition.

  1.  What will happen to my article?

We invite all authors to publish their submissions on The Policy Corner website. Your article will go through a multi-step peer review process outlined on our submissions page.

  1. When will the event take place?

The event will take place in mid-January in Berlin. We will announce the exact date and the composition of the panel in due time.

  1. Who is eligible to compete?

Students and young professionals of the age 30 or  younger are encouraged to compete and join the discussion. Submissions from all around the world are welcome.

  1. What is the benefit of competing?

In addition to joining the global discussion to spark innovative economic thinking, the winners will be rewarded with monetary prizes, and will be invited to Berlin to meet leading academics and professionals in their fields.

  1. Will articles submitted earlier be given priority in the ranking process?

No! We will consider all articles submitted before the deadline of October 31, 2017, at 23:59 (Central European Time Zone) with equal attention.

  1. Who will be in the jury?

The essays will be judged by an expert panel consisting of Professor Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs), Professor Vera Chiodi (New Sorbonne University), and Professor Philipp Lepenies (Free University of Berlin).


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