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In 2019, the question was:

What single policy would give everyone in society, whatever their background, a real opportunity to succeed on their own merit?

The winners of the £50,000 first prize were Peter Ainsworth and Dr Tom McKenzie, who submitted a jointly authored proposal: “EDegg: The EDucation, Enterprise and Giving-back Grant – A nest egg of opportunity for all”.

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You can read about the other 2019 prize winners here



In 2018, the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Judges was Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. The question he set was:

What market-based, popular policy would you recommend to alleviate the UK’s housing shortage, and to rejuvenate our property-owning democracy?

The winner of the £50,000 first prize was Ben Clements, with his proposal for a Land Purchase Act, a market-based policy that centres on how swathes of public land can be made available for people to build homes according to their own choice and preference.

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The IEA paper, Raising the Roof, was published in July 2019 and will make an important contribution to the public debate on the UK’s housing crisis.
It will form part of a new book of the same name, which will also contain the pick of the 2018 entries (due for publication in autumn 2019).

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2018 Judging Panel

(From left to right)

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP,  Conservative Member of Parliament for North East Somerset

Richard Koch, author, speaker, investor, and a former management consultant and entrepreneur

Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow


2017 was the inaugural year of the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize and the question was set by Richard Koch himself. The question he set was:

What novel policy suggestion would improve economic prosperity and social outcomes in developed countries, as well as improve economic freedom?

The winners of the £50,000 first prize were Mark Feldner and Mathew Bonnon, who submitted a jointly authored proposal on Fiscal Liberalisation.

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2017 Judging Panel

(From left to right)

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, former Leader of the Opposition

Professor Philip Booth, Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs

Jeremy Browne, Special Representative for the City of London to the EU

Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs

Richard Turnball, Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics

Baroness Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management

Professor Abigail Hall Blanco, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Tampa

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