In recent years, economic inequalities in America have increasingly come into public focus. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted matters such as the economic struggles of essential workers and challenges faced by small businesses amid unprecedented obstacles, inspiring campaigns, social media movements, and petitions across the nation.

The involvement of young adults and student activists has especially helped to raise public awareness and action to address these economic inequalities. What lesson(s) might society learn from social movements that stem from economic inequalities and how do we apply these lessons in the present and/or near future?

 Berkeley Economic Review, UC Berkeley’s premier undergraduate economics journal, is now accepting submissions for its High School Essay Contest!

This semester, we have picked a contemporary economics-related issue that any high school student can write about. We will publish the best submission in this semester’s issue of our magazine! Our prompt for this semester is: “What Lessons Can We Learn From Social Movements Stemming From Economic Inequalities?”

By writing one of the top responses, you will:
• have your work published in the Fall 2020 Issue of Equilibrium
• be recognized on BER’s social media and website
• receive a cash prize

Write a short essay of up to 750 words to support your claim. If necessary, please cite your sources.

DUE DATE: Sunday, November 15th at 11:59 PMPlease send your response as a PDF to, with the subject line: “F20 HS Essay Contest: [Your name]”

This contest is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Feel free to message us on Facebook or email us if you have any questions.

Good luck!

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