Student Essay Contest

Essay Contest

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition. $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded with $3,000 of this 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.

Categories and Prizes:

High SchoolUndergraduateGraduate
1st Prize: $1,5001st Prize: $1,5001st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: $1,0002nd Prize: $1,0002nd Prize: $1,000
3rd Prize: $5003rd Prize: $5003rd Prize: $500

2020 Essay Contest -- The Ideas of Milton Friedman: Exploring the Connections between Economic Freedom and other Freedoms or Aspects of the Human Condition

Since the industrial revolution, the world has faced a period of accelerated prosperity. Life expectancy has risen substantially, while global poverty and child mortality rates have been on the decline. Milton Friedman (1912-2006), one of the most influential economists of all time, inspired people around the world to think critically about the connection between economic freedom and other human freedoms. In his book, Capitalism and Freedom, Friedman proposed that without economic freedom a nation would be unlikely to have political freedom.

In 1986, the first of a series of Fraser Institute conferences, hosted by then Fraser Institute executive director Michael Walker along with Milton and Rose Friedman, focused on the development of a clearly defined measurement of economic freedom. This measurement of economic freedom later became the The Economic Freedom of the World Index. Research using this index has shown that economic freedom is associated with greater political and civic freedoms, more gender equality, longer life expectancy, lower poverty rates, greater literacy (especially for females), less infant mortality and greater happiness.

Construct an essay that explores the connections between economic freedom and other freedoms or aspects of the human condition. Consider how measuring and understanding economic freedom helps progress political and civic freedoms. Entrants may choose to analyze a particular country or region to explore their argument.

Submission deadline: June 1, 2020

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2019 Essay Contest Winners

 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
High SchoolNorman Zeng,
Bell High School

Xander Naumenko,
Sir Charles Tupper Secondary

Brianna Hoang,
Western Canada High School
UndergraduateTyler Legg,
Queens University
Isabella Giancola,
University of Toronto
Naomi Papavero,
Redeemer University College
GraduateIsabella Germinario,
Western University

Alexander Parsalidis,
Carleton University

Justin Taub,
York University

Alvin Meledath,
Vancouver Island University

Previous winners archive:

2019 Student Essay Contest Winners

2018 Student Essay Contest Winners

2017 Student Essay Contest Winners

2016 Student Essay Contest Winners

2015 Student Essay Contest Winners

2014 High School Student Essay Contest Winners

2014 Graduate and Undergraduate Essay Contest Winners

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