Berkeley Economic Review is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2020 Essay Contest!

Every semester, we pick a contemporary economics-related issue that Berkeley students of any major can write about. We then publish the best submissions in that semester’s issue of the magazine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected various aspects of daily life throughout the United States. These effects have had varying levels of impact on people across the country, begging the question of whether or not certain inequalities will persist in the future.

Our prompt for this semester is: Will the COVID-19 pandemic have a long-term impact on economic inequality in the United States? Explain why or why not.

By writing one of the top responses, you will:

  • have your work published in the Fall 2020 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, November 1st at 11:59 PM

Please send your response as a PDF to, with the subject line: “F20 Essay Contest: [Your name]”

This contest is open to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley undergraduates. Feel free to message us on Facebook or email us if you have any questions.

Good luck!

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