COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how people work. Since early 2020, millions have been working remotely from home. This large-scale work-from-home experiment has arguably demonstrated how viable remote working can be. As such, after the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies may choose to continue allowing employees to work remotely. Will such work-from-home policies have long run economic impacts?

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 COVID-19-related economics 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: “After the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies will continue to allow employees to work remotely. Will such work-from-home policies have long-run economic impacts? Explain why or why not.”

By writing one of the top responses, you will:

  • Have your work published in the Spring 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: Sunday, April 18 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

Please send your response as a PDF to with the subject line: “S21 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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