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Students in Quebec, Ontario, Georgia win top prizes in Fraser Institute student essay contest

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Release Date: October 29, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC—Students from Saint-Lambert, Quebec; Brantford, Ontario; and Lawrenceville, Georgia shared more than $2,000 in prize money in the Fraser Institute’s annual essay contest.

The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, sponsors an annual essay contest to recognize outstanding student writers from around the world and provide them with the opportunity to share their ideas on public policy and the role of markets.

This year’s topic “Are the rich getting richer and the poor poorer?” attracted a record 500-plus entries from university and high school students worldwide.

The winning essays were selected by a panel of policy experts at the Fraser Institute. Entries were judged on several criteria including understanding of competitive markets and economic freedom, originality, and clear expression of ideas.

2012 Student Essay Contest Winners

1st Prize ($1,000)
The Rise of Good Inequalities
By Vincent Geloso, Saint-Lambert QC
London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD Economic History, 2015

2nd Prize winner ($750)
Economic Inequality and the Myth of Widening Income Disparity
By Joshua Benjamins, Brantford ON
Hilldale College, BA Honours History and Classics, 2015

High School Category ($500)
Are the Rich Getting Richer and the Poor Getting Poorer?
By Daniel Smith, Lawrenceville GA
Mill Creek High School, 2012

The winning essays are published in our online student magazine Canadian Student Review, available at