Cal’s premier undergraduate economics journal is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2018 Essay Contest!

Every semester, we pick a contemporary issue related to economics that Berkeley students of any major can write about, and publish the 3 best submissions in that semester’s volume of the journal. See for past examples.

By writing one of the top responses, you will:
• have your work published in the Fall 2018 Volume of Berkeley Economic Review, one of the top undergraduate economics journals in the world
• be recognized on BER’s social media and website (optional)
• receive cash prizes of up to $25

So without further ado, here’s the prompt:
Rising tuition and student loans have become a pressing issue in the United States. Should tuition to public universities be partially subsidized, completely subsidized, left in their current state, or otherwise altered?

Write a short essay (300 to 600 words) to support your claim. Detail a potential solution (if applicable) and its economic implications.

DUE DATE: Sunday, October 21 by 11:59pm

Please send your response as a PDF to, with the subject line: “F18 Essay Contest: [Your name]”

If necessary, please cite your sources. This contest is open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley undergraduates. Feel free to message us on Facebook or email us if you have any questions.

Good luck, and happy writing!

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