Competition time for Glasgow’s Adam Smith tercentenary event

As part of its Adam Smith tercentenary celebrations, the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School is inviting students from across the world to enter a unique economic case competition. Colette Doyle reports

The Adam Smith 300 competition is asking both undergraduate and postgraduate students to propose a new and innovative solution that addresses the climate crisis. They are being challenged to answer a problematic question: How can economics be used to deal with the climate crisis?

The question is deliberately broad, encouraging students to be creative with their response and offer both wide-ranging and specific solutions, tying in classical theory and contemporary pioneering research. References to how esteemed Scottish economist Adam Smith would tackle climate change are particularly welcomed.

Each proposal will be evaluated by a panel consisting of world-class academics at the University of Glasgow, including those concentrating on sustainability within economics and Smith scholars, as well as a student committee.

The competition is open to all disciplines. However, the emphasis is on proposing an economic case. The top three proposals will be selected to present in the finals, followed by a Q&A, to a panel of economists.

Finalists will be invited to come to Glasgow for Tercentenary Week from 5-10 June and will have the opportunity to participate in various events. Those unable to come in person will be invited to present on Zoom.

Find out more about the Adam Smith 300 event at

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