Win a Trip to New York with The Institute for New Economic Thinking

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program
Award: trip to New York City for attending a seminar


The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) was created to broaden and accelerate the development of new economic thinking that can lead to solutions for the great challenges of the 21st century. INET is supporting this fundamental shift in economic thinking through research funding, community building, and spreading the word about the need for change. They already are a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize winning economists to teachers and students who have emerged out from the shadows of prevailing economic thought, attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse.

The Institute is seeking a select group of undergraduate students to participate in the filming of a free, three-day series of discussions on ethics and economics with Harvard Professor and philosopher Michael Sandel, the Institute’s newest Senior Fellow.


Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and be available in New York City from February 22-24, 2014. Some previous coursework in economics, philosophy, or political theory is preferred.  The aim of the organizers is to recruit an outstanding group of students with a wide range of perspectives on the role of markets.


Trip to New York City from February 22 to 24, 2014 to attend a free seminar for undergraduates with Michael Sandel.


The application deadline is January 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM CET.

To apply, please fill out the form at the bottom of this webpage. As part of your application, please read the attached passages from What Money Can’t Buy and write a short essay (not more than 500 words) in response to one of the two questions below, and paste your essay in the field provided. In addition, please provide a link to a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) introducing yourself and explaining why you want to participate in the seminar.

Question 1: Should ticket scalping and paid line-standing be permitted or prohibited in allocating the following goods:

(A) Tickets to free performances of Shakespeare in Central Park
(B) Seats to attend oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court

Question 2: Which is a more objectionable means of population control: A fixed quota (as in China’s one-child policy) or a tradable procreation permit?

For more information, visit the official website.

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