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Highgate pupil, Amir, has wowed judges with his essay on tackling plastic pollution to receive the coveted Young Economist of the Year 2018 award.

Each year the Royal Economic Society, with Tutor2u, challenges A-level pupils across the country to submit a 1500-word essay on a topical economic issue. Amir’s work explored a range of possible economic solutions to deal with plastic pollution. He collected his prize money and award during the Royal Economic Society’s Annual Public Lecture, at London’s Royal Institution.

The Royal Economic Society’s Annual Public Lecture lets pupils learn about the latest research in economics. This year’s audience heard from LSE’s Professor Oriana Bandiera on what economists really do – research evidence and policy insights on the challenges of global poverty and development.

Life Vice President, Andrew Chesher, said: “The Young Economist of the Year competition challenges pupils to apply their lessons in economics to real-world issues. We’re always impressed with the high level of entries, and this year was no exception. Congratulations to Amir.”