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Young Economist of the Year


The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in association with the Irish Economics Association (IEA), University College Dublin, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Munster Technological University, The Central Bank of Ireland, The Irish Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), The Economics and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI), Technological University Dublin, The Oireachtas Library & Research Service and Laois Education Support Centre are delighted to announce that the Young Economist(s) of the Year 2022 has been officially launched.

Note: The entry date has been extended to March 15th

PDST Young Economist of the Year is approved and funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education.

YEOTY 2022 Competition
YEOTY Teacher Professional Development



Theme for YEOTY 2022:

Creating our Future: The Role of Economics in a Sustainable World

Projects may be in any area of economics. For examples and inspiration, previous winning entries can be
viewed here.


This year we will continue to promote an inquiry-based approach by students. While we encourage students to integrate the use of digital media into their presentations, the emphasis is on the quality of the investigation and economic analysis, through reasoned, well-informed arguments underpinned by relevant data and economic concepts and theories. We also encourage creativity and will accept submissions in a variety of forms such as essay, report, short video/documentary, PowerPoint, Prezi etc. The points below are important to consider when planning and preparing your submissions.

  1. Relevance
    Research questions must be relevant to economics and if you are applying to be considered for a special interest category such as IGEES or Central Bank of Ireland, the research question must have particular relevance to their respective remits – further details on special interest categories to follow in November along with details of the PDST teacher professional development event due to take place on Tuesday, 15th March 2022.

  2. Sustainable Development Goals
    Projects must clearly link to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals -

  3. Research Question & Motivation 
    Both the research question and motivation for choosing this question should be clearly stated and easy to understand at the outset of the project.

  4. Data Gathering

    • Secondary data must be relevant to the economic topic chosen, current and referenced accurately – See resources useful information may be found in
      “Appendix A:Guidance on Referencing Sources of Information” in Leaving Certificate Economics – Guidelines to support the Research Study (NCCA, 2021) available at
    • Primary data must be current and relevant to the topic. 

  5. Analysis of Data
    Students should clearly articulate the useful information discovered from the data that may be used to inform the conclusion and demonstrate support for any decision-making.

  6. Findings
    Should include a summary of the analysis that either answers the research question or compels deeper or further investigation.

  7. Conclusion

    • Restate the topic as well as explaining why it is important
    • Main points summarised
    • "So what” question answered - i.e. recommendations, where to next etc.

  8. Presentation
    The presentation should be clear, informative and engaging. Information should be accurate and referenced appropriately where relevant.

    Please note: We will also have a separate “Creativity in Economics” category where we welcome submissions on explanations/illustrations/explorations of economic concepts that are articulated via animations, mind-map, visual presentation, poems, raps etc.


Please email all enquiries to


On or before Tuesday, 15th March 2022 @ 6 p.m.


Details of how to submit entries will be available on PDST website and at in due course.


The award ceremony will be held at O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin on Thursday, 28th April 2022.


All students who submit an entry will receive a certificate of participation. Gold medal winners will be shortlisted for further awards in relevant categories.


Students can submit individual or group entries - student/groups can submit one entry for consideration. Maximum number of entries per class is 3. Maximum number of students per group is 4.
Schools must engage in their own internal filtering process and all students who participate at school level will receive a certificate of participation.
Students’ submissions will be evaluated by economists and educationalists from a range of universities and economic institutions.

Entries submitted for consideration must comply with the following terms:
Submissions depending on chosen format should not exceed 25 slides, a maximum word count of 3000 words excluding appendices and references. Video submissions should not exceed a maximum of 12 minutes duration.



1 December 2021

The support material and resources referenced are available to accompany the webinar.


Webinar Resources
Webinar Support 2022




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