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 However, if your work is selected by Comparative Advantage, it may not be published elsewhere, so you must withdraw your work from consideration for other publications.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 less than 25 pages, excluding the bibliography and extra data tables.

What file types are required?

If using Word, submit the body of the paper as a .doc or .docx file. If using LaTeX, submit the body of the paper as a .tex file.

For both Word and LaTeX submissions, please also include a .pdf version of your paper.

If images are used, include the images in the body of the paper and submit the images separately as .jpg files. If spreadsheets are included, be sure the relevant data is linked.

What are the formatting requirements?

Word: 12-point Times New Roman font and 1.5 line spacing. LaTeX: Standard font size.

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 the 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 2019 and the Spring issue will be published June 2019. Past issues can can be viewed online and downloaded here.

When are submissions due?

See the Submit page for deadlines.

What if I have other submission questions?

Please email