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BRIEFMay 13, 2024

2024 Thailand Young Economist Contest

Thailand Young Economist Contest


Do you want to help solve some of the most pressing challenges in Thailand? Do you want to experience what a World Bank economist does in real life? The World Bank Thailand is launching a new contest and inviting aspiring youth and young leaders who has a passion for development to apply and help make a difference in Thailand.

The World Bank Group works in every major area of development. With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership consisting of five institutions working to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity on a livable planet. This year, the World Bank celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2024 with Thailand, a partnership that has spanned over seven decades working together to improve social and economic development in Thailand.

Why should you enter?

Enter for a chance to learn and spend a day with World Bank managers, economists and development specialists. Winners will be able to get firsthand experience in working for an international organization, joining us on the ground to tackle some of Thailand’s biggest challenges, attending our engagements with government and policy makers, and contributing your perspectives to our flagship economic report. All winning submissions will be featured on our website and social media channels.

How do I enter the contest?

Entries for the contest are open until Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Submit a video (not more than 3 minutes) around the theme “Building Tomorrow: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Thailand’s Secondary Cities for the Youth.”

Thailand is at a critical juncture, with its per capita GDP growth slower than regional competitors like the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. It is facing a combination of productivity challenges, political uncertainties, and an unfavorable demographic trajectory as birth rate declines and its population aging. The clock is ticking. Changes are needed if the current generation is to leave a legacy of prosperity.

With urbanization in Thailand heavily focused on Bangkok, secondary cities have underutilized potential, and can be contributing much more to growth. Share your views on what the new generation looks for in secondary cities to make it more attractive to live in and what Thailand needs to prioritize to reverse its slow growth trajectory and achieve inclusive, sustainable growth?

Winners will be selected based on creativity and content quality, presentation skills and originality. Videos can be in Thai or English. Also include your name, age, hometown and school, university or place of employment, as well the best way to contact you (phone number, email address, Line ID) in your registration.

Click here to register and submit your video:

Share your video on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram using the hashtags #WBThailandYouthEconomist

Time commitment

Spend a day with the World Bank on July 3 (TBC) where we will showcase the selected videos and have an award ceremony during the launch of our Thailand Economic Monitor, our flagship report.


The contest is open to all young people from 16 to 32 years of age, both Thai and foreigners residing in Thailand.

Tips for recording:

  1. Introduce yourself (name, school/place of work, location)
  2. Hold your phone horizontally
  3. Keep it brief, between 2-3 minutes but no longer than 3 minutes


  1. Register your interest and submit your video by filling in this form
  2. Stay involved by posting your video on social media (keep the post public) and tag #WBThailandYouthEconomist
  3. Submit your entries before the deadline


Deadline: Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Announcement of winners: Monday, June 17, 2024

Thailand Economic Monitor launch: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 (TBC)

Judging Criteria

Videos will be evaluated based on the following elements:

  • Content quality
  • Creativity and originality
  • Presentation skills

Consent and Copyright

By entering the contest, the entrants give consent to use the videos for publicity activities post-contest referencing the winners, and for the selected videos to be shown at the launch of the Thailand Economic Monitor report, the World Bank’s flagship report for Thailand. The videos may be reproduced in promotional materials (posters, video clips, website), as well as any other materials deemed educational. By entering the contest, every entrant and entrant's parents or legal guardian (if entrant is under 18) agree to release and hold harmless the World Bank from all losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses.


Please contact for more information or if you have any questions.