Young Economists Research Competition

Posted on: 2019-12-23 18:55:32
Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics is excited to announce its 3rd edition of Young Economists Research Competition. YERC is a Research Competition where we give undergraduate students the opportunity to master the art of writing a research paper, choosing 1 out of 4 interesting topics.

Last year we had teams participating from across India from cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Jaipur. The judges for the same were :

Mr. Mangesh Soman – Joint President, Corporate Economics Cell, Aditya Birla Group.
Mr. Prakhar Misra – Associate, IDFC Institute.
Prof. Shagata Mukherjee – Assistant Professor, MDAE

The top 10 teams will present their final papers in front of our esteemed judges and the first place winners will be rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 followed by Rs 30,000 for second place and Rs 15,000 for third place. The top 3 winners will also get Complimentary Chartered Economist Registration along with the Pricing from American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) who are our exclusive sponsor. American Academy of Financial Management® (AAFM®) is a Global Leader in Financial Education based out of USA. AAFM® offers Global Certifications in Wealth Management, Economics, Financial Analysis like Chartered Wealth Manager® (CWM®), Chartered Economist®(Ch.E®), Accredited Financial Analyst® (AFA®) etc. Importance of Research Research is important as it acts as an important tool for building knowledge and learning. It is important for budding and veteran writers. It helps in building public awareness and understand various pressing issues. Research helps people nurture their potential and achieve goals through various opportunities. Research entails both reading and writing. These two functions help enable computation and comprehension. Without these skills, it is less likely for anyone to appreciate and get involved in research. Reading opens the mind to a vast horizon of knowledge, while writing helps a reader use her/his own perspective and transform this into a more concrete idea that she/he understands.

The Student Research Competition has the following benefits:

  • Give undergraduate students the opportunity to share their research ideas that provides visibility for their work.

  • Give students the opportunity to meet and interact with attendees to share new ideas, gain insights and understand possible practical applications.

  • Give students an opportunity to sharpen their writing and communication skills.

  • Provide detailed feedback to students about their research and presentation from a panel of distinguished judges from industry and academia.

  • Recognize and reward outstanding student research.

Who Can Participate? This competition is open to all undergraduate students in any discipline across India. How to proceed?

STEP 1: Form a team

▪ Number of students in a team: 2
▪ At least one Final Year student per team.

STEP 2: Choose a topic

There are three topic titles, out of which, you have to choose one.

  1. Economic implications of declining participation of women in paid work?

  2. Big data: A big challenge or a big opportunity?

  3. Environmental collapse – A precursor to economic collapse?

  4. How can field experiments help fight poverty in India?

STEP 3: Register

Fill the form below to register.

Submission Process & Requirements

▪ An Abstract about the chosen topic: 300 – 400 words
▪ Final Research Paper: 3000 – 4000 words (excluding abstract, bibliography/references, tables/graphs, and figures)
▪ Font: Times New Roman
▪ Font Size: 12 pt
▪ Double Spacing between lines
▪ All data sources clearly cited (Harvard Referencing)
▪ 400 words maximum in direct quotations

Selection of winners

Teams from colleges across India will compete. A panel of judges will select 10 teams that will make it to the final round.
The final round will consist of teams presenting their papers to a panel, and a winner will be selected.

Prize Money

First Prize – Rs 50,000
Second Prize – Rs 30,000
Third Prize – Rs 15,000

Timeline 2019

– 17th November: Deadline for Registrations
– 16th December: Abstract Submission
– 19th – 21st December: Meeting between student teams, Meghnad Desai Academy faculty and Academic Consultant Committee members to discuss expectations, timelines and deliverables.
– 20th January: Paper submissions
– 27th January: Announcement of finalists
– 1st February: Feedback for finalists
– 17th February: Finalists paper presentations

Registrations and now closed for YERC.

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