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Launch of the 2020 Economic Policy Competition

Published: 5 November 2019
From: Department of Finance

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce the launch of the seventh annual Department of Finance Economic Policy Competition.

This is an essay-based competition that assesses undergraduate students’ understanding of the Irish macro economy and Ireland’s policy-making system. The Competition allows students to demonstrate their sound economic analysis by preparing a policy submission, through their respective third level institution, on one of two set questions.

Following the assessment of submissions, the Competition winner will be offered a 12 week paid summer internship, working alongside economists in the Department of Finance. The successful applicant will also be presented with a certificate from the Minister for Finance.

Please find details on questions, presentations and submission guidelines below:

Information & Submission Tips


Information Note for Lecturers


Q1: To achieve sustainable economic growth over the medium-term (i.e. the next five years), Ireland will have to deal with a number of key macroeconomic and fiscal challenges. Discuss.


Q2: Regaining competitiveness was an important part of Ireland’s export-led recovery. What strategy would you propose to help enhance Irish competitiveness?


Economic Policy Competition 2019 Intern Blog – Ruby Rassmussen


For further information please contact: economicpolicycompetition@finance.gov.ie