When are the submission deadlines?

  • Submissions for our Spring 2021 issue must be received by April 21, 2021.

Who may submit?

  • We welcome work from undergraduates who are enrolled at a two- or four-year college or university at the time they submit their work.
  • Stanford, non-Stanford, and international undergraduates are encouraged to submit work.
  • Authors may submit their work to other publications. However, they must withdraw their work from other publications if we select it. Duplicate publication is not allowed.

What kind of work may be submitted?

  • We accept unpublished research papers, theses, and course term papers. We also encourage the submission of unpublished, shorter-length pieces, such as essays, opinion pieces, and reviews.
  • We welcome work in any field of economics and in related disciplines, such as political science, public policy, international relations, management science, applied mathematics, business, and finance. We also enthusiastically support interdisciplinary work.

How is work submitted?

  • Note: Authors may submit work that does not meet some requirements, but if their work is accepted for publication, they must meet expectations.
  • Generally, papers should be no longer than 25 pages.
  • Text must be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Submissions must follow APA style and include: in-text citations; a reference section (bibliography); and tables, figures, and equations that are labeled and numbered. No footnotes, please.
  • Plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. Full and accurate citations are required.
  • Author name and institution must be included. Research papers, theses, and course term papers require an abstract and acknowledgments.
  • Submissions must be emailed to
    • In the email subject line, include your first and last name and “Spring 2021 Submission.”
    • Work may be submitted as either a LaTeX or Word document.
    • Submissions must also include a PDF version of the LaTeX or Word document. All tables, figures, and equations must be included in the PDF.
    • Include figures and tables separately as JPEG or PNG files. If there are many files, combine into one ZIP file.
    • Please organize and name documents and files so they are readily understood.
    • In summary, submissions emailed to will include these attachments: (1) .tex or .docx file; (2) .pdf file; and (3) .jpg, .png, or .zip file(s).

What happens after submission?

  • By submitting work, authors whose work is accepted agree to: withdraw their work from other publications, respond promptly and work diligently with us during the editing and publishing process, and allow us to make stylistic edits and to publish their work.
  • We review all submissions and look for originality, compelling evidence, and strong analysis.
  • All submissions are considered for both our journal and blog. The Comparative Advantage blog typically features pieces with less quantitative data analysis. Blog pieces are not included in the main journal.
  • Authors will be notified by email once decisions have been made. Please check your email.
  • The journal and blog are published on our website. We do not print physical copies of the journal. Please go to the Archives tab of our website to view and download past issues.

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