Callum Jones, 20, of Floreat, won the $1500 first prize while Virginia Gogan, 19, of Coogee, took second prize of $750. Both students are in their third year, both studying double degrees in Law and Economics.
The students’ essays addressed the consequences of an ageing population for Australia’s future productivity and economic growth, and the associated economic policy challenges.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson congratulated Callum and Virginia on their achievement.
“The fact that they have won against competition from students at 12 universities around Australia indicates the excellent standard of their work,” Professor Robson said.
“UWA’s Law School and Business School attract very high-calibre students and have a reputation for producing graduates with outstanding records of achievement across a range of professional fields, as well as within the community more generally,” he said.
Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens will present the prizes to students at a ceremony at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney next month.