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Economics Today Photo Competition – our Year 12 winner!! – Charlotte Lesslar – Benenden School

The photo shows Dudley’s high street, a town in Cumbria....

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Economics Today Photo Competition – our Year 11 winner!! – Esther Handyside – George Watson’s College

This photo shows the general prices of branded tampons today....

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Highly Commended – Duong – BVIS Hanoi

This is a photo of the Berlin Wall that...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Highly Commended – Tahlia Read – Sheffield Girls’ High School

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Highly Commended – Daniel Norris – Brookfield Community School

Vaping: market failure or government failure? The free market has created...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Highly Commended – Sherry – Mayfield School

This photograph was captured in Londis, the sole local convenience...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Archie Allsop – Brookfield Community School

- This photo shows the price list for a school canteen....

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Mateusz Ponikowski – Brookfield Community School

ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) is an area where drivers...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Sophia Mills – Bromsgrove School

Traditional economics assumes that all people are the Homo economicus....

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Henry Hoare – Bromsgrove School

Choice architecture is the way choices are presented. This is...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Elize Dawson – Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle

As seen since March of 2023, both protesters and posters...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – William – Trent College

The photo was taken at my local corner shop. The...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Alex – Trent College

This snapshot is taken in Long Eaton, near the school...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Emily – Trent College

The photo shows the prices of a Kinder Surprise Egg...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Suhani Kansra – Sheffield High School for Girls

This is a photo of Ratcliffe-on-soar Power Station in Nottinghamshire....

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Melody – Mayfield School

“Fast fashion rubbish hill” This picture shows a dozen of fast...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Serena – Bedford Girls’ School

This is a photo I took of the traffic on...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Riddhi – Bedford Girls’ School

The photo shows a price tag for a men’s trousers...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Faith – Bedford Girls’ School

This photo I took shows the varying degrees of people...

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ET Photo Competition – Commended – Amy – Bedford Girls’ School

This photo shows a street outside South Kensington station in...

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Economics Today Photo Competition – Commended – Molly Shah – Sheffield High School for Girls

This picture shows Cappadocia, Turkey. This town relies heavily on...

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ET Photo Competition – Commended – Mahati Devati – Beaconsfield High School

This photo shows a sign for a lip product by...

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ET Photo Competition – Commended – Anusha Gupta – King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls School

The photo shows a sign outside a restaurant in Santorini...

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ET Photo Competition – Commended – Zainab Shah – Dixons Sixth Form Academy

The photo shows a couple of small businesses in a...

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An update on in-work poverty

Poverty is looking a likely topic for testing in A-level exams in Summer 2023, especially for AQA. In-work poverty...

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Prosperity beyond GDP

Year 11 student Arina (a student at another school, not the one I teach at) contacted me today...

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Can the UK afford the royal family?

Our friends Gavin and Pete from the outstanding podcast Economics in Ten have kindly shared this guest blog...

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Your dinner is in the supply chain!

In an act of blatant plagiarism I have sourced the title for today's post from a Newman cartoon...

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Beware Economists!

BEWARE ECONOMISTS!  In these crazy ‘unprecedented’ covid-19 economic times, it is worth remembering the words of John...

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See Economics everywhere!

I’ve always enjoyed economic theory for its own sake – and I do still have friends! The logic...

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On track for success?

What do you do with a market that doesn’t lend itself to competition? The issue of natural monopoly is...

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Will consumption save us?

Savings and the pandemic.... Disposable income (income after tax and benefits)...

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Money, money, money!

Look, there’s a new £50 note on the ground. There can’t be, replies the economist, or someone would...

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Tip-top Top Tips

Did I leave a tip last time I went to a restaurant? Well, yes, the table was pretty...

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Ooh Ah Just a Lidl Bit!

The song reference may go over your head if you’re a student rather than a teacher of a...

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Taxing times?

As this week’s budget nears, Chancellor Sunak seems to be preparing the country for tax increases – if...

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