Frequently Asked Questions

Who may submit to Comparative Advantage?

Current undergraduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university. International students are eligible.

What kind of work may be submitted?

Research papers, opinion pieces, review articles, and similar work in economics or fields related to economics, such as public policy, economic sociology, finance, and business. Only research papers will be considered for the journal. Other types of submissions will be considered for the blog.

May work be submitted or published elsewhere?

You may submit your work to other publications. However, if your work is selected by Comparative Advantage, it may not be published elsewhere, so you must withdraw your work from consideration for other publications.

What is the length requirement?

Submissions must be Word documents of less than 25 pages (excluding bibliography and extra data tables) when formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1.5 line spacing.

What file types are required?

Submit the body of the work as a Word document. If LaTeX is used, please include the .tex file. If images are used, include the images in the body and submit the images separately as .jpg files. If spreadsheets are included, be sure the relevant data is linked.

What are the formatting requirements?

12-point Times New Roman and 1.5 line spacing.

What citation style is required?

American Psychological Association (APA) style.

What else must be included in submissions?

In addition to the body of the work, include author’s name and university, an abstract, citations for all sources, and a bibliography. If applicable, include data tables and image files.

How and when will accepted work be published?

Comparative Advantage is published on our website and we do not print physical copies. The Winter issue will be published January 2018 and the Spring issue will be published June 2018. Past issues can can be viewed online and downloaded here.

When are submissions due?

For consideration in the Winter issue, submit by December 8, 2017. For consideration in the Spring issue, submit by May 11, 2018.

What if I have other submission questions?

Please email

How do I become involved in the journal?

If you are an undergraduate Stanford student interested in becoming involved with the journal, you can find out more and attend our meetings by emailing editor-in-chief Laura Zhang at New members typically start out as associate editors.