Economics essay success for Perse student in illustrious competition
10 Oct 2019
Archie Bowman (Upper Sixth) has achieved runner-up spot in a national economics essay-writing competition.
‘Can behavioural economics solve the climate change crisis?’ was the title of Archie’s successful entry into the Marshall Society Essay Competition and he was elated to have done so well.
He said: “I’ve become fascinated by behavioural economics in recent years, especially its role in providing a realistic analysis of human decision-making. The opportunity to explore this within the context of one of the biggest issues facing my generation is something I have been wanting to do for some time, and the Marshall Society Competition was the perfect place to do this.
“I began by reading as many academic papers on behavioural economics as I could, trying to find links with the climate crisis, and read some key books by prominent behavioural scientists. I then wrote the essay over the course of a week.
“While I think there is definitely a role for behavioural economics in curbing the climate crisis, such techniques need to be implemented on a multilateral level and not be limited to inward-directed policies by individual countries. If put to work on a global scale, then there would undoubtedly be a positive effect on controlling global warming.”
Archie said he had Perse Head of Economics Jonathan Young and the department’s staff to thank for nurturing his love of the subject.
He added: “Economics is truly a melting pot of the most fascinating aspects of politics, history and geography and I will definitely continue to study it at university.”