What will be left of our houses, savings and pensions in times of low interest rates? What distinguishes sustainable start-up companies from other firms? How can refugees be successfully integrated into the labour market – especially in light of the pandemic? How can we get young people excited about economics? These are some of the questions that will be tackled by the student teams participating in the 2021 YES! – Young Economic Summit, Germany’s biggest school competition on economic issues. Researchers of ZEW will mentor and support the students during the competition.

 Once again this year, researchers from ZEW Mannheim are mentoring school groups on their way to solving questions about the future.
Students at the national final of the 2020 YES! student competition.

In a first kick-off round, the students from the Southwest region (Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse) have the opportunity to explore their topics in depth together with ZEW researchers. They will then have four months to do their own research and develop answers to economic issues. At the regional finals on 6 July 2021, three winning teams will be selected to compete at the national finals.

This will be the seventh time that the young generation has developed creative solutions within the framework of the YES! competition. ZEW has been participating in this competition since 2017 and helped one of its teams win the second place at last year’s finale after winning first place for three years in a row – the bar is set high.

In 2021, ZEW researchers will be supporting five student teams in tackling the following topics:

About YES!

The YES! – Young Economic Summit, a joint project by the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Joachim Herz Stiftung, is one of the biggest German school competitions aimed at getting young people to engage with global economic and social issues. Over the course of a six-month mentoring programme, student teams tackle pressing issues facing future generations. The students come up with their own solutions to global economic, ecological and social problems and present them as part of a conference for other students, also known as the “YES! – Young Economic Summit”. Researchers from various (Leibniz) research institutions support the students by providing their scientific expertise. The regional qualification round for teams from Southwest Germany will take place as a digital event on 6 July 2021 at ZEW in Mannheim. The best teams from five different regions will then face off against each other at the YES! national final in Hamburg in September 2021.




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