Student Essay Contest

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Provided byFraser Institute, The
Number Available9
DeadlineMay 01, 2019
Type of AwardContest
DonorFraser Institute


Level of StudyCertificate; Diploma; Post-diploma; Associate; Bachelor; Master; Doctorate;
Field of StudyAny Field of Study
Year of StudyAll Years
Course LoadFull-time or Part-time
School of StudyAny School
Region of StudyCanada
Schools AttendedAny School
Region of ResidenceCanada
Academic Standing0
Financial NeedNo
Automatic ConsiderationNo


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

Contact Information

Contact NameFraser Institute
Address1770 Burrard Street, 4th Floor
Vancouver, BC
Postal CodeV6J 3G7
Phone1-800-665-3558 ext. 538
Application Address
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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