"Think Economics" is Advocata Institute's inaugural essay competition aimed at aspirant young people interested in economics and public policy. We aim to promote intellectual inquiry, expression and creativity of both A-Level and University students providing them a platform to showcase their talents. 

5 Steps
to a Successful submission

  1.  Read the guidelines carefully.  Find out whether you are eligible.
  2.  Download the application form.
  3.  Do your research. Go through our resources section for each topic.
  4.  Write your essay, re-read it, and make it great.
  5.  Submit your essay using the online submission form or email it to 

“The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom is an illusion.”

— Ludwig von Mises,  Economist


Prizes to be used for educational purposes. 

   University Students

  • First Place 100,000 LKR
    Runner-up 40,000 LKR
    2 Merit Awards of 20,000 LKR each
    and certificates of participation

    A-Level Students

  • First Place 50,000 LKR
    Runner-up 30,000 LKR
    Third Place 15,000 LKR
    and certificates of participation

Advocata is solely responsible for the cash prizes offered to the winners of both categories.


The Advocata Institute

Advocata Institute is an independent public policy think tank working towards a freer and more prosperous Sri Lanka.  We conduct research, provide commentary and hold events to promote sound policy ideas to invigorate the public discourse around policymaking in Sri Lanka. 

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