Our Summer 2018 Issue

On behalf of the Comparative Advantage Editorial Board, we are honored to present the sixth volume, Summer Issue of the Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal. Through the years, Comparative Advantage has changed and expanded to include an online blog in addition to our bi-yearly issues, staying true to our mission of providing students a platform to showcase their economic prowess. We are proudly run by undergraduate students … Continue reading Our Summer 2018 Issue

Vector Autoregressive Modeling of Interest Rate Shocks on Bank Balance Sheets: A Comparative Study

By Sara Diressova, Princeton University

Di Tella and Kurlat (2017) and Drechser et al. (2017a) study the effects of a nominal interest rate shock on various bank balance sheet variables. I study the same relationships using a VAR model, to understand them over multiple periods of time, without assumptions of exogeneity, and with clear interactions between variables through impulse response functions (Hamilton 1994). I find that … Continue reading Vector Autoregressive Modeling of Interest Rate Shocks on Bank Balance Sheets: A Comparative Study

BLOG: Employment Effects of Minimum Wage Increases – A Matched Pairs Design Using US Data

By Eric Karsten, Chong An Ong, Immanuel Adriana Rakshana, and Arushi Saksena, University of Chicago 

The minimum wage is a contentious issue, with proponents arguing that it is required to protect the wage security of low-income earners, and opponents arguing that it places downwards pressure on employment in the labor market. Our paper uses a differences in differences regression model, similar to the one used in Card & Krueger(1993) to estimate the unemployment effects of a minimum wage increase. Continue reading BLOG: Employment Effects of Minimum Wage Increases – A Matched Pairs Design Using US Data

BLOG: Is Finance Making Geography Increasingly Insignificant?

By Yuxiang Hou, College of William and Mary

This paper attempts to revisit “the end of geography” debate by incorporating both established theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical evidence. It argues that for five reasons finance is not making geography increasingly insignificant. However, in the long run, things may be different. Continue reading BLOG: Is Finance Making Geography Increasingly Insignificant?

Our Winter 2017-18 Issue

On behalf of the Comparative Advantage Editorial Board, I am honored to present the fifth volume, Winter Issue of the Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal. We have continued our mission of making economic research more accessible to all audiences. To provide content more frequently to readers, we have moved to publishing two issues per year, mirroring our two-round submission process. Our blog has also become a … Continue reading Our Winter 2017-18 Issue

The Question of the “Trump Effect”: Basic Voting Characteristics, Economic Indicators, and Migration Flows in the 2016 Presidential Election

By Pablo A. Ordóñez Bravo. Pomona College

This paper examines the correlations between basic voter characteristics, economic indicators, migration flows and the change in Republican… Continue reading The Question of the “Trump Effect”: Basic Voting Characteristics, Economic Indicators, and Migration Flows in the 2016 Presidential Election