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 federal-level current event issue that all high school students can write about. We will publish the best submission in this semester’s issue of our magazine!
Our prompt for this semester is: “The U.S. has been raising the debt ceiling for decades. Discuss the economic implications of the current debt ceiling crisis. What are some long-term solutions that could be implemented?”
By writing one of the top responses, you will:
  • Have your work published in the Fall 2021 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: November 23 at 11:59 p.m.
Please send your response as a PDF to  with the subject line: “F21 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 () with any questions. Good luck!

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