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PDST Young Economist(s) of the Year 2021 Information



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 of Limerick, University College Cork, Munster Technological University, Central Bank of Ireland, Irish Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), Economics and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), Business Studies Teachers' Association of Ireland (BSTAI) and Laois Education and Support Centre is proud to present the 2021 online PDST Young Economist of the Year Awards.


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








Projects may be in any area of economics. Please view previous winning entries at this link for examples and inspiration.





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. 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 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 can be found by viewing the PDST YEOTY Teacher CPD webinar at


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 – As part of the PDST YEOTY CPD webinar, Professor Rowena Pecchenino (Maynooth University) has created a useful resource entitled "Research: How to; Citations; Fact checking and Questions. Full details are also available on
  • 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.  


Creativity In Economics


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 [email protected] 






Receipt of entries is now closed.





Medal winners in YEOTY 2021 and in all previous years are eligible to compete for selection for the Irish International Economics Olympiad team. Further details on this will follow in early November. For further inquiries please email [email protected]





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