The 2016-2017 Journal is out!

On behalf of the Comparative Advantage Editorial Board, I am honored to present the fifth volume of the Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal. The journal has grown tremendously this year in its efforts to create an accessible platform for readers to engage with our authors’ work. Our new website is designed to mirror the layout of professional academic journals, with individual articles available on separate pages … Continue reading The 2016-2017 Journal is out!

How Does Technology Affect Skill Demand? Technical Changes and Capital-Skill Complementarity in the 21st Century

By Yifan (Eva) Gong. Macalester College.

This paper attempts to examine technology’s impact on the labor market through the lens of skilled labor. Technical changes in the late 20th century are skill-biased in nature, because they are found to complement with skilled labor who are adept at adopting new technologies. Continue reading How Does Technology Affect Skill Demand? Technical Changes and Capital-Skill Complementarity in the 21st Century

The Influence of Collectivism on Microfinance in Senegal

By Cole Scanlon (Harvard University), Keaton Scanlon (Warren Wilson College), and Teague Scanlon (Pomona College).

Microfinance, despite its mixed results in economic literature, continues to proliferate in many developing countries (Rooyen et al., 2012). This research project investigates the relationship between collectivism and microfinance. Continue reading The Influence of Collectivism on Microfinance in Senegal

Has Indonesia’s Growth Between 2007-2014 Been Pro-Poor? Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey

By Ariza Gusti. University of Minnesota.

A country’s economic growth is said to help the poor and eradicate poverty if it is “pro-poor”, in that its impacts are broad-based, and benefit the poor in absolute terms. This research seeks to explore whether Indonesia’s sustained growth… Continue reading Has Indonesia’s Growth Between 2007-2014 Been Pro-Poor? Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey