Berkeley Economic Review is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2019 Essay Contest!

Every semester, we pick a contemporary economics-related issue that Berkeley students of any major can write about. We then publish the best submissions in that semester’s volume of the journal (see for past examples).

By sending us one of the best responses, you’ll win all of the following:

  • publication of your work in the Spring 2019 Volume of Berkeley Economic Review, one of the top undergraduate economics journals in the world
  • cash prizes of up to $50
  • recognition on BER’s social media and website (optional)

So without further ado, here’s the prompt:

“Are tax breaks (and other incentives designed to attract corporations) beneficial to the local economies that offer them?”

Write a short essay (up to 750 words) to support your claim.

DUE DATE: Saturday, March 9th @11:59pm

Please send your response as a PDF to, with the subject line: “S19 Essay Contest: [Your name]”

This contest is open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley undergraduates. For complete details, check out the Facebook event here: (mark ‘Interested’ or ‘Going’). Feel free to message us on our Facebook page or email us at with any questions.

Good luck, and happy writing!

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