If you were thinking of entering your solution to the eurozone crisis for the Wolfson Economics Prize, you’re too late. The five finalists were announced Tuesday. It’s no MegaMillions, but the prize is $400,000. And while entries like “The NEWNEY Approach to unscrambling the Euro” and “Planning for an orderly break-up of the European Monetary Union” sound intriguing, an awful lot of attention has gone to the entry of 11-year-old Jurre Hermans of The Netherlands.
You read that right. He’s eleven.
Hermans received honorable mention and won 100 euros for his idea, which involves getting the Greeks to turn in their euros which will become part of a large pizza or pancake. He submitted an illustration for the judges.
And in case you were worrying that this kid might be spending too much time worrying about debt and the eurozone, fear not. He made a point of telling the judges in his pitch, “I have five friends with whom I play all day, mostly outside.”
Hat tip to Suzy Khimm at Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog for this one.