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Mar 26 2024

TABE Student Competition 2024

The competition is designed to offer university and college students the opportunity to showcase the skills they have been developing through their education. The competition is part of TABE’s effort to raise interest among young people in economics and to support critical thinking by applying economic concepts to address real world problems.


Closing the Gap: Economic Policies to Overcome Climate Change Challenges in Ontario

Climate change refers to a long-term shift in temperatures and weather patterns. Ontario is increasingly facing disruptive climate-related events, like wildfires, floods, droughts, and prolonged heat waves. These elevated physical risks are already affecting a broad range of industries in the province as well as households, infrastructure, and natural resources. Over the coming years, Ontario will face further transition-related risks as it adapts its energy system to be compatible with a net-zero world. Managing these physical and transition risks will require innovative approaches and provide opportunities to capitalize on emerging economic activities. Choose a specific climate-related challenge faced by the province. Put forward a new policy solution you would like the government to implement and describe how you would implement this policy.

You are asked to build a team of up to three. Solo submissions are also welcome. This is a brief policy submission, with applications due by March 3. The top three submissions will be chosen to present their findings to some of Toronto’s leading economists and business professionals on March 26. Finalists will be paired with an economist to receive assistance in preparing for the in-person presentation. There will be a prize for each of the finalists and access to a one-year free mentorship program with a TABE economist for the winning submission.

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The evaluation of the submissions will be:

  • Identifying the issues (10%)
  • Providing a policy recommendation (20%)
  • Identifying the channels through which the policy will work to address the issue identified (30%)
  • How the policy will be implemented and the relevant costs and benefits (30%)
  • Quality of writing, communication style (10%)

Major dates for the competition:

Competition: Applications open January 26-March 3
Finalists Announced: March 12
Finalist Public Presentation and Selection of Winner: March 26

Venue: Downtown Toronto – Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

Cost: $10 (+HST) includes one drink and appetizers

How to apply:

Prepare a policy brief with the above criteria, with a maximum word count of 1,000 words excluding references.

Email submissions to with the subject “TABE Student Contest Submission 2024”.

Please remember to include in your header:

  • The names of each of your teammates
  • The institution(s) your team members are attending
  • The best form of contact you can be reached at (email, phone, etc.)

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Event Details

Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3 Get Directions
Mar 26, 2024 5:00PM - 8:00PM EST

Event Registration

Public Attendee List

  • Alex Ciappara
  • Natasha Apollonova
  • Dilery Arik
  • Erik Johnson