Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering our essay competition.
1. $9,000 in cash prizes awarded this year.
2. Special category for high school students only.
3. Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals
2016 Topic: Small change – Big impact: Improving quality of life one policy change at a time
We are 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.
Do not submit any enrollment documentation with this application. You will be notified if you have been chosen to receive aid and if further documentation is required.