The 2018 Young Economist of the Year Awards (YEOTY) will take place in Croke Park on May 2nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

YEOTY 2018

PDST’s partners in YEOTY include the School of Education UCD, the economics departments of University College Dublin, Maynooth University, NUI Galway the Irish Economic Association. Contributors from previous years also included Dr. Pete Lunn (ESRI) and Prof. Carol Newman (TCD). The project is also supported by Laois Education Centre. 

This year there are over 500 diverse and interesting entries from a wide range of participating schools, signalling the appetite there is for exploring this area and demonstrating the commitment of teachers and students to the teaching and learning of economics.

YEOTY as it has become affectionately known is now in its fifth year and is developing into a significant national award for the enjoyment and promotion of economics.  The purpose of this event is to showcase and acknowledge the work of the students and their teachers in creating innovative projects across a range of economics theories and  concepts.  It is a fertile learning ground that provides teachers and students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the inquiry-based approach that underpins the new leaving certificate economics subject specification in a safe and supportive environment.

YEOTY  coveys how ubiquitous economics is in our everyday lives (see sample projects below).  It is envisaged that through the success of YEOTY the subject of economics will be elevated to the same status as other STEM subjects. Students who study economics develop the skills of social science and mathematics to deepen their understanding of economic theories and concepts and some day may create and design alternative economic models for a sustainable future! 



Below are some samples of the previous years’ winning projects and sample projects for 2018.




  • Investigation into the politics and economics of refugee policies in different countries
  • Is the bubble back
  • Tech Dutch disease
  • Homelessness - Irelands Economic Downfall?
  •  Is cryptocurrency the future of money
  • Sugar tax - will it work?
  • The economics of an independent Catalonia
  •  How Brexit affected rural Ireland
  •  The water crisis
  • Behavioural Economics in the context of a school environment
  • How women in STEM affect the economy
  • Capitalism v Communism
  •  Milk: Fat v Fact
  • The future of work: the case for a basic income in Ireland
  • The economics of gift vouchers
  • The influence of social media on the buying habits of teenagers
  • The Effects of Brexit on the Irish Tourism Industry
  • Spend, Spend, Spend- The Economics of Black Friday.
  • How the high cost of living affects our college decisions
  • Is the phone market an Oligopoly?
  • Bitcoin: Rise and Fall
  • Legalizing abortion: How it will affect the Irish economy
  • How Trump used Behavioural Economics to win the 45th American Presidential Election
  • Can money buy happiness?
  • The effect of a sugar tax on our fizzy drink consumption
  • The effects of Trumps tax reform on the Irish economy
  • The effect of feminism on the economies of the world
  • European Consumer Based Tech Companies
  • Economic applications of queueing theory to potential policy changes in relation to the Public Orthodontic Treatment system
  • Austerity was it worth it?
  • What if inflation in Germany in 1923 never happened?
  • The possible effects on the global economy if a war between USA and North Korea broke out
  • Lidl: Changing Ireland
  • How does global warming affect the economy?
  • The effects of clothes donations on African economies
  • Supernormal Profit
  • The micro economy of the Vatican
  • Investigation into cryptocurrencies and their effect on the economy
  • The effects of the future absence of net neutrality on consumers in the American ISP market
  • A perfect market? the economies of fast fashion
  • World population by 2050
  • Investigation into the Gold Standard
  • Harry Potter and the unstable economy
  • Economics of China
  • The potential effects of rent regulation in Ireland
  • The effect of money laundering on Ireland