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  • Abigail Carroll

Young Economist of the Year 2024

Updated: Apr 16

Discover Economics is delighted to launch the 2024 “Young Economist of the Year” competition, sponsored by KPMG UK.

Discover Economics is a campaign aimed at increasing diversity in economics, by transforming perceptions of the subject and encouraging young people to consider studying economics in the future.

The 2023 competition saw over 2,000 young people enter, submitting their thoughts on a range of real-life economics problems. The winners of last year’s competition were Sami Shahadat and Yiya Zhang, from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. Commenting on their win, Yiya said:

“Participating in the Young Economist of the Year competition has genuinely been life-changing. It was such a transformative experience, allowing me to delve deeper into the fascinating world of economics and fuel my passion to continue exploring economics in the future. This is truly something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”

Discover Economics is now excited to announce that the 2024 competition will open for entries on Monday 25th March. With our sponsors at KPMG UK generously extending their funding for another two years, this is another brilliant opportunity for young people to showcase their skills, learn more about economics, and be in with a chance of being published in the Financial Times thanks to our partnership with FT Schools.

On the competition, Sarah Smith OBE, Co-Chair at Discover Economics said:

“What an opportunity for young people – to present at KPMG UK’s offices in London in front of an audience of professional economists. The quality of all the teams was really high – both the excellent economic analysis and the confident presentations. If these are the young economists of the future, we are in safe hands. I am delighted that KPMG UK are  sponsoring the event again – and am looking forward to this year’s final.”

Heather Sharp, partner, KPMG Economics, said:

“I was really impressed by the quality of the entries, finalists and of course the winners in last year’s competition. The level of commitment, confidence, and economics knowledge the young finalists displayed during their presentations was truly outstanding.

“We're pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of Discover Economics for another two years and I’m looking forward to getting underway with this year’s competition and supporting the students of today to become our economists of tomorrow.”

To find out more and enter your submission, click here.

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Notes to editors:


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 20 offices across the UK with approximately 18,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.96 billion in the year ended 30 September 2023.  

KPMG is a global organisation of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Legal, Tax and Advisory services. It operates in 143 countries and territories with more than 273,000 partners and employees working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients. 

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