Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest 2016

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Submission Deadline: June 20th 2016

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition. $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded this year, and $3,000 of this is designated just for high school students. Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals and authors will have the opportunity to experience the peer review process.

2016 Topic: Small change – Big impact: Improving quality of life one policy change at a time

Fraser Institute is looking for the next big idea in policy reform. Identify a single, specific, practical policy change that will have a big impact on the quality of lives (the social and/or economic well-being) of citizens. Your policy change can be applied to any level of government (local, provincial, or federal) in Canada or the United States. The policy change does not have to be an original idea – it can already have been successfully implemented in another country or jurisdiction.

Your essay should use empirical analysis to measure the impact the policy reform would have. Cite research to support your policy, including historical evidence, if applicable. Your essay should demonstrate an understanding of competitive markets and/or an understanding of the impact of government intervention.

You can look at policy reform in a variety of areas including taxation, trade, technology, aboriginal issues, education, health care, the environment, energy, crime, regulation, etc.

Specific examples of policy changes are the introduction of the TFSAs, TILMA, physician co-pays, incentive pay for teachers, legalizing marijuana, etc.

Categories and Prizes:

High School Undergraduate Graduate
1st Prize: $1,500 1st Prize: $1,500 1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $500


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Fraser Institute Student Essay Contest 2016

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