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!
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
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
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
By Justin Wagers. University of Puget Sound.
The purpose of this research is to determine the usefulness of a borrower’s vocabulary in determining his/her creditworthiness. The analysis takes a word-frequency approach to 36,055 loans… Continue reading Vocabulary as an indicator of creditworthiness: An analysis of public loan data
By Luke Heine. Harvard College.
How are city demographics correlated with the amount of venture capital they receive? The paper uses a unique dataset of ~58,000 venture deals from 2000 – 2014 from the CrunchBase dataset and census data from the same period. Continue reading Place and its Role in Venture Capital Funding
By Ryan A. Mather. University of Minnesota.
Native American reservations are marked by poverty rates that remain persistently above national averages through generations, but a recent… Continue reading Temporary Assistance with Lasting Effects: A Report on Policies of Self-Determination in Native America