Essay competition

The Swedish Competition Authority’s essay competition is for students who have written about competition and public procurement-related subjects as part of their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree project.

The prize winners are selected by a jury that consists of members of the Council for Research Issues and other Authority employees.

The total prize fund is SEK 100,000 and the winning essays will be published on the Competition Authority’s web site. Details including the writer’s name, the title of the essay, their supervisor and the institution where they are studying will also be published on the web site.

The competition winners will also be given the opportunity to present their essay to Authority employee.

Which essays are eligible for the competition?

The essays are to address various aspects of competition-related issues within competition law or competition economics, or issues connected with public procurement, for example:

  • Swedish and international competition law
  • analysis of mergers, cartels or abuse of a dominant position
  • effects of competition constraints
  • public procurement
  • competition and its effect on consumer behaviour
  • further essay subject suggestions

To participate in the competition, the essays must have been written as part of a degree project, at Bachelor’s or Master’s level, and constitute at least 15 higher education credits.

The essays must have been approved within the period 1 September 2019–31 August 2020.

The essays are to be submitted by a representative of the institution or the student’s supervisor

The essays are to be submitted in electronic form by a representative of the institution or the student’s supervisor. Each institution may submit a maximum of 5 essays. The name and address of the essay’s author, along with their telephone number and e-mail address are to accompany the entry.

Do not write the name of the author or the school in the essay’s page header or footer. We assess all essays anonymously, so these details are only to be written on the title page (first page) of the essay.

The essays are to be sent to under the heading ”Essay competition 2020”, no later than 15 September 2020.

More information

Further information can be obtained from Annika Sandberg, tel +46 (0)8-700 16 75, or Joakim Wallenklint, tel +46 (0)8-700 16 03,

About the essay competition

The first competition took place in 1995 and the subject of the essays was law. Two years later, the subject area was expanded to include essays on political economics. Since 2003, students of business economics or other subjects connected with competition or public procurement-related issues have been eligible to enter the competition.

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