Student Essay Contest

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Amount $9,000
Provided by Fraser Institute, The
Deadline May 01, 2019
Donor Fraser Institute
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Number Available 9
Type of Award Contest
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Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition!

$9,000 in cash prizes awarded this year. Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute magazines.

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

2019 Essay Contest – What in the world would Adam Smith say?

Adam Smith (1723-1790), widely known as the father of modern economics, placed markets at the centre of the political economy (i.e., the study of how a country is managed or governed, taking into account both political and economic factors). Drawing on Smith’s 1776 book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, construct an essay that takes Smith’s thoughts and extrapolates them to a current or recent episode in history, OR a current Canadian policy issue.

While constructing your essay, you may choose to consider one of the following:

    • What would Adam Smith say about the state of markets today? What would he change?
    • Would Smith agree or disagree with the recent rise of protectionism?
    • What would Adam Smith think about trade tariffs?
    • How would Smith explain why some nations are poor while others are rich?

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019.

For more information and contest rules click here or email


Level of Study Certificate; Diploma; Post-diploma; Associate; Bachelor; Master; Doctorate;
Year of Study All Years
Citizenship Canada
Schools Attended Any School
School of Study Any School
Field of Study Any Field of Study
Region of Residence Canada
Course Load Full-time or Part-time
Region of Study Canada
Activities n/s
Financial Need No

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Last updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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