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The Fraser Institute

November 14, 2012 10:04 ET

Fraser Institute Student Video Contest Offers $10,000 in Cash Prizes

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - Post-secondary and high school students worldwide are invited to showcase their intellect and creativity by entering the Fraser Institute's Student Video Contest, which offers $10,000 (Cdn) cash in prizes.

Entrants must produce a short video exploring the topic Why Good Politics is Bad Economics and upload their entry to YouTube™. Students are asked to use Public Choice Economics to examine a specific government failure (e.g. spending on unnecessary items or programs, cost overruns, initiatives without value for the broader public, policies that don't achieve their stated objectives, protectionism, regulation, etc.) and what caused it.

A panel of judges will determine the award winners in separate categories for post-secondary and high school students based on originality, clear expression of ideas, quality of story, and understanding of economic principles.

The first place winner in the post-secondary category will receive $2,500 (Cdn), second place $1,500 (Cdn), and third place $1,000 (Cdn). For high school entries, first prize is $2,000 (Cdn), second prize $1,000 (Cdn), and third prize $750 (Cdn). The high school and post-secondary videos that receive the most "likes" on YouTube™ will each receive Viewers' Choice awards of $625 (Cdn).

The deadline to submit entries is December 28, 2012. Full contest details, along with the entry form, can be found at

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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 85 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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