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Personal Statement

Activities and Skills

UK Maths Challenge

Done for 6/7 years with bronze, silver or gold award awarded every time

Open University 'Story of Maths' course

Given me a taste of independent, university level study linking to my fascination with maths and history

Young Enterprise - Financial Director

Improved my communication, management and financial skills. Able to give me an insight to the running of a firm allowing me to relate it to things like business economics and to criticise the traditional theory of the firm

Young Economist of the Year Competition

Enjoyed the individual work and research involved in producing an answer to a complex interesting economic question

IEA Student Essay Competition

Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition

NAGTY Imperial College Summer School

BA Silver CREST awards for Science and Technology

Economics Blog - 'Rational Economic Man'

Encourages me to form critical views on world news and events to share with the rest of the world

Books

David Smith - Free Lunch

First economics book I read. Learnt about great economists such as Smith, Keynes, Marshall, Marx, Ricardo, Malthus

John Kay - Everlasting Lightbulbs

Eric Beinhocker - The Origin of Wealth

New and different approach to economics by applying evolution to it. Showed me how economics is a modern changing field

Keynes - General Theory

To explore the ideas of perhaps the most important economist in history

Proudstone - Prisoners Dilemma

Introduced me to Game Theory - a strand of economics I am very interested in

Rosser - Basic Mathematics for Economists

Showed me how mathematics is applied to economics - something that wasn't in the A-Level course

Robert Peston - Who Runs Britain?

Eric Roll - History of Economic Thought

Tim Harford - The Undercover Economist

Tim Harford - The Logic of Life

Rommer - Advanced Macroeconomics

Beaud and Dostaler - Economic Thought Since Keynes

Paul Krugman - Return of Depression Economics

The book of one of my favourite economists and Noble prize winners

Post Degree

Postgraduate study

If I enjoy undergraduate economics, would consider doing Masters/PhD in a specialised area of economic that interests me

Actuarial science

Links mathematics, statistics and economics

Teaching

To inspire other people about economics

Accountancy

Banking

Other Personal Skills

Music

Self taught to play piano.

Sports

Keen sportsperson. Played in a football team for about 6/7 years, play tennis weekly. Feel I could contribute to universities/college sporting scene

Theatre

Enjoy acting. For example been in Les Miserables and Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre

Other Economics Media

Podcasts

LSE Public Lectures - Paul Krugman

Newspapers

Read the Times daily

Magazines

The Economist

World Economic Review

Why Economics?

It interests me

Financial crisis has questioned capitalism and has made the studying of economics more important than ever

Applying mathematics to economics - it forms a framework to make claims, theories and to create models.

Applying history to economics - How economics has shaped history (e.g. French Revolution, Nazis come to power, World Wars) - How history is important for economics (e.g. Looking back at 1929 and 90's Japan to analyse today's crisis

Frustration at A-Level Economics - Lack of mathematics - Little opportunity (at AS) to criticise workings of economics, you have to accept what is written - Multiple choice, structured questions and short time limit meant I wasn't allowed to develop a 'proper' economic argument

Interested in how the environment will affect our economic ideas

In particular I like the broadness of the applications and relevance of economics. That is, one can use economics to analyse everyday problems (as shown by the work of Tim Harford) as well as looking at crucial international issues such as globalisation and climate change

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