Online Essay Competition 2012 Election

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 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.

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

2018 Essay Contest – Increasing the Minimum Wage: Good Intentions, Bad Policy?

The idea of raising the minimum wage in Canada and in some jurisdictions in the United States is a contentious topic.  Proponents of a higher minimum wage tout that such increase will be an effective tool for helping those in poverty.  But a recent study by the Fraser Institute found that 88% of minimum wage earners in Canada do not actually live in low-income households.  In fact, nearly 60% of these earners are young adults aged 15-24, most of whom are living with their parents or other relatives. Additionally, research has found that about 70% of the benefits from a higher wage go to non-poor households in Canada.

Beyond the misperception that the majority of the benefits from an increase in the minimum wage would go to low-income earners and the most vulnerable, raising the minimum wage has been shown to lead to reductions in employment, particularly for young people and immigrants.

While constructing your essay, consider the following questions:

  • Should provincial governments increase the minimum wage?
  • What impact would such an increase have on the Canadian economy? 
  • Is raising the minimum wage an effective way to provide assistance to vulnerable Canadians?
  • Is there an alternative to raising the minimum wage that targets low-income earners more precisely?

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2018.

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2017 Essay Contest Winners

High SchoolUndergraduateGraduate
1st Prize
Felix Hohne,
St. George's School
1st Prize
Heather Lynn Bone,
University of Waterloo
1st Prize
Andrew Klain, University of Calgary and Avery Maloney, Mount Allison University
2nd Prize
Celine Mano and Jacquie Ye,
St. Francis Secondary School
2nd Prize
Jean Philippe Fournier,
University of Montreal
2nd Prize
Andrew Canali,
Memorial University
3rd Prize
Claudia Cristescu,
Mountainside Secondary School
3rd Prize
Corrina Vali,
McGill University
3rd Prize
Rachael Ostroff,
Carleton University

The winning essays from the 2017 contest will appear in the Winter Canadian Student Review Magazine.

2018 Essay Contest Rules


Previous winners archive:

2016 Student Essay Contest Winners

2015 Student Essay Contest Winners

2014 High School Student Essay Contest Winners

2014 Graduate and Undergraduate Essay Contest Winners

2013 Student Essay Contest Winners

2012 Student Essay Contest Winners

2011 Student Essay Contest Winners

2010 Student Essay Contest Winners

2009 Student Essay Contest Winners

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Students For Liberty is a rapidly growing network of pro-liberty students from all over the world. Our mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. We are the largest libertarian student organization in the world. We accomplish this through a strategy of empowerment, identifying the top student leaders and training them to be agents of change in their communities.

Essay Competition 

In this essay competition, you have the liberty to think and frame your thoughts about an issue which we don’t really notice.

All students pursuing any course are welcome to take part in this online essay competition.

Theme

Election Freebies – how productive are they?

Freebies are the goods that the Government gives away at no cost or at a subsidised cost to the people, especially to the impoverished. How productive are these freebies to the life of the people is the question? The political, economic and social consequences of these freebies need to be examined.

Tamil Nadu is one of the examples of a freebie state. Think freely on this issue and structure your thoughts in the form of an essay as to whether these freebies do any good in building a civil society.

Sub-themes

  • The election freebies
  • Vote banks
  • Government’s role

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be sent to: mpriscilla@studentsforliberty.org.

The word limit for the essay will be 1500- 2000 words.  Font Size: 12 , Style: Times New Roman.

APA Format is to be followed for citations if any.

You need to register for the essay competition by clicking here.

Note: Last date to submit your essays is December 1, 2017.

Prizes

First Prize: Rs. 2000

Second Prize: Rs. 1500

Contact

For any related queries, write to: mpriscilla@studentsforliberty.org.

For details, view the brochure SASFL Essay Competition. Visit the official website of SFL by clicking here and follow this Facebook page for updates.

 

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