The deadline is April 22 to submit essays in the fifth annual Stock Essay Competition at Youngstown State University.
The contest is named after Anthony Stocks, who served 16 years as the chairman of the YSU Department of Economics. The winner receives $250, with $150 to second place and $100 to third place.
The competition provides all undergraduate students at YSU, regardless of major, an opportunity to explore any economic policy.
In previous years, students representing more than 30 majors have written about such diverse topics as fracking, nuclear disasters, foreign aid, immigration, marine pollution, alternative energy, leasing of turnpikes, factory farming, secondhand smoke, state budget deficits, union power, oil dependence, sports stadium subsidies, in-vitro fertilization, casino gambling, Obamacare, social media, minimum wage, free trade, outsourcing, the Youngstown 2010 plan and the Wal-Mart effect.
Essays on any economic topic relevant to society should be 1,600 to 2,400 words, and should have a clearly defined policy issue that the author analyzes from all sides, and then suggests a policy solution based on the arguments presented.
Essays should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 22.
Ten finalists will be invited to the Economics Dinner on April 30, where the top prize winners will be announced.
The competition website can be accessed at http://web.ysu.edu/class/economics.
The website also has links to winning essays from previous years.