Essay Contest

The Benefits of a Free Market Economy

First Prize: $2,500
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,500
Honorable Mentions: $250

Open to full-time students 25 years and younger.

Contestants will choose from the following three topics:
What Causes Prosperity?
What is the Role of Ethical Behavior in a Free Market?
Can Free Markets Protect the Environment?

 The deadlines for the 2008 essay contest will be announced this summer.

Official Rules and Submission Guidelines.

This contest is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

For further details about The Association of Private Enterprise Education visit us on the web at or contact: J. R. Clark , APEE Secretary/Treasurer, Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 313 Fletcher Hall, Dept. 6106, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598. Phone: 423-425-4118, FAX: 423-425-5218, e-mail: .

2007 Winners:

Honorable Mentions ($250): Ojo Adekunle B. (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya), Chris Kuiper (Dordt College), Vrinda Maheshwari (National Law School of India University), Abigail Martin (Wheaton College), Josef Mladek (University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic), Ryan Musser (Houghton College), Joel Runyon (Bethel College), Joseph W. Siler (The George Washington University), Neville Tirimba (Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya), Raluca Mihaela Ursu (Wesleyan College).

2006 Winners:

Honorable Mentions: Ian Townes (UNT), Michael Belinsky (Dartmouth College),
Andrew Balthrop (Georgia State University), Joe Peterson (Bob Jones University), Yao Xiaoxi (Tsinghua University), Carl Shulman (New York University), Erwin Dekker (London School of Economics), Paul Riley (College of the Holy Cross), Rachel Schwartz (University of Glasgow), Brendan Cooper (Carleton College).

2005 Winners:

Honorable Mentions: Lisa Abraham (Western Reserve Academy) and Nadine Abraham (Wellesley College), Angelica Rocha Guevara (University Francisco Marroquin), Nikki Macor (University of Adelaide), Kyle Ryan (Washington State University), Kathryn Sandstrom (Towson University), Joel Sawyer (Houghton College), Evangeline Wandag (Cagayan State University-Carig Campus).
Man’s wants … are not static … but progressive. Hardly has man got himself a shelter when he wants a house; hardly has he clothed himself when he wants adornment; hardly has he satisfied the need of his body when study, knowledge, art open to his desires a new endless vista.
— Frederic Bastiat, Economic Harmonies, page 45, 39-40.