Young Economists Research Competition 2021 – 2022

India’s premier undergraduate economics research competition, Young Economists Research Competition, conducted by Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics is back with a bang! 

We are faced with some very challenging issues in society today, and our mission is to make you think. Thus, our event’s motto, very appropriately, is “Cogito, Ergo Sum”.

Why Should I Participate?

  • With over 1000 registrations last year, YERC is one of India’s foremost and most prestigious undergraduate economics research competitions. As a participant, you will be competing against some of the brightest young minds in economics, not just in India but abroad as well. 
  • We all provide mentorship to finalists to ensure that they can bring their best to the table.
  • Attractive cash prizes to be won! Rs. 30,000 for the winner and Rs. 15,000 for the runner-up.

Looks Great? Am I Eligible to participate?

  • Undergraduates from any discipline can participate.
  • All candidates are required to sign up in teams of two (not necessarily from the same year/course/college).



How to proceed 


  • Number of students in a team: 2


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

  • India and the COP26: Opportunities and threats
  • To QE or not to QE
  • Recognizing the prospects of digital currencies: The whats and the whys
  • The 2020 Migrant Crisis: The good, the Bad and the Ugly


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Submission Requirements

  • Abstract up to 300  words
  • Final Paper up to 4000 words (excluding abstract, bibliography/references, tables/graphs, and figures)
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 12 pt.
  • Double Spacing
  • 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 6 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.


YERC Prize –

Winners and Runner ups to get Tablets and Alexa devices.


Timeline 2020-21

  • 05 January: Deadline for Registrations & Abstract submission
  • 12 January: Announcement of shortlisted abstracts
  • 05 February: Final Paper submission  
  • 19 February: Announcement of Top 6
  • 22 February: Feedback for finalists
  • 28 February: Finalists paper presentations  


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