Columbia Economics Competition

The deadline for submissions to the Columbia Economics Competition is December 24th, 11:59 P.M. By the deadline, all entrants must:

  1. Be registered through the link below, and
  2. Have submitted all competition materials, listed under Requirements, as directed within the application link.


All competition materials should be submitted to


In June of 2016, a referendum – a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age in the Commonwealth can take part – was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 52% to 48%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting.
“Britain’s decision to leave the EU changes the facts of life in Europe.” Take on the perspective of the British government or the European Union and propose a viable plan in response to the Brexit decision. Explain why your plan will provide the most favorable outcomes for the group you have chosen. Be sure to consider the economic and social implications of your plan on both groups, as well as any ramifications regarding national security and foreign relations.


  • 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.

Contact Information

Please send all questions about this competition to

Description of the Day

All teams who entered the competition will be invited to come to Columbia University in late February 2017 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.

  1. Opening remarks from Columbia Economics Review
  2. Presentation on European Immigration from a Columbia economics professor (TBD)
  3. First round of judging
  4. Lunch break / networking with professors in attendance
  5. Finalists announced
  6. Introduction of final-round Judges
  7. Finalist presentations
  8. Networking / Q & A
  9. Presentation of prizes