Young Economist of the Year 2020


Central Bank Award winners at YEOTY 2020

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Central Bank Award goes to Giulia Baratta, from St. Andrew’s College, Dublin for her project “Pandemics and the economy: how can central banks respond?”

The winning project is an excellent piece: original, reflective, well put together and presented, soundly argued and highly relevant to the work of the Central bank of Ireland. Our judging panel agreed that the project topic was a brave choice given the uncertainty surrounding the potential impacts of COVID-19 on the economy at the time of writing.

The runner-up award goes to Emma D’Arcy, Ruth D’Arcy, Aoife Sherry and Laura Delaney, from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny for their project “The cost of war with our planet”.

Congratulations to all of our winners. We received a diverse range of entries and were very impressed by the high quality of submissions. A huge thanks to all who entered.

Awards ceremony

Due to COVID-19 the awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday 19 June.

View the online Awards Ceremony.


The Central Bank of Ireland was delighted to participate again in the Professional Development Services for Teachers Young Economist of the Year (YEOTY) competition. With this award, we wish to discover and highlight the huge talent of emerging young economists in Ireland. We look forward to discovering more young economic talents throughout the secondary schools of Ireland in next year's competition.

Entry criteria

  • The overall YEOTY competition is open to all national secondary schools
  • All submissions must reference at least one of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development listed below.
  • To be considered for the Central Bank Award students must be over 16 years of age and the submission include particular relevance to the work of the Central Bank of Ireland. To find out more about our work view our animated explainer series.

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

See Young Economist of the Year website for full competition details.


Entrants are encouraged to be innovative in how they address their topics, potentially submitting a visual presentation, video, report, prezi, animation, poetry or essay.

This year's competition is now closed.


The Central Bank is independently responsible for selecting the winner of the YEOTY Central Bank Award, without undue influence and in line with the competition guidelines.

Submissions are first assessed by the YEOTY judging panel who will then provide relevant submissions to the Central Bank's judging panel made up of economists from the Economics and the Statistics Directorate.


The winner of the Central Bank Award receives a specially-designed medal and a bursary of €500.