The deadline for submissions to the Columbia Economics Competition is December 24th, 2017 by 11:59 P.M. By the deadline, all entrants must:
- Be registered through the link below, and
- Have submitted an outline or first draft of all competition materials, listed under Requirements, to firstname.lastname@example.org
All competition materials should be submitted to email@example.com.
According to World Bank figures, the United States remains by most measures the largest economy in the world (Gray Weforum.com). However, according to Senator Bernie Sanders, this means little because much of the United States’ wealth is controlled by a small minority. He writes: “The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time.” (“On the Issues” Berniesanders.com).
Evaluate the evolution of income distribution in the United States since the 1970s. Do you believe that policymakers should be concerned by this evolution? If so, please provide viable policy solutions; if not explain why current income distribution is not detrimental to the economy and does not merit policy changes. Please also explain what the relevant current policies are.
- Presentation (limited to 10 minutes)
- Abstract (limited to 250 words summarizing findings)
- Tri-fold poster display (limited to 4′ x 3′ flat)
Entrants may also choose to include an optional 10 page paper. The winning team’s paper will be published as part of the Columbia Economic Review’s online journal, and may also be featured on the Columbia Economics Department website.
Please send all questions about this competition to firstname.lastname@example.org
Description of the Day
All teams who entered the competition will be invited to come to Columbia University in late February 2018 to present their policy recommendations and be judged by a panel of Economics professors as well as other experts in the field of immigration. Each group will do a 10-minute presentation to all groups present, as well as set up a tri-fold display with relevant information pertaining to its research. The prizes are awarded to the teams that come up with the best policy recommendations as follows: 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place, with the remaining finalists receiving honorable mentions.
The prizes will be awarded in the following way:
- 1st place: $600
- 2nd place: $300
- 3rd place: $150
In addition to these prizes, there will be one or two honorable mentions (depending on the judges’ analyses of the presentations.)
Please note the agenda is subject to change.
- Opening remarks from Columbia Economics Review
- Presentation on European Immigration from a Columbia economics professor (TBD)
- First round of judging
- Lunch break / networking with professors in attendance
- Finalists announced
- Introduction of final-round Judges
- Finalist presentations
- Networking / Q & A
- Presentation of prizes