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Bridging the Digital Divide in Native American Communities

2022-01-13T15:22:28+00:00

Jennifer Spiegel The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of online connectivity in society today. Yet there is still a digital divide as inequitable access to broadband services prevents underserved communities from benefiting from vital programs. Research shows that there are significant associations between lack of access to broadband services and access to healthcare, and [...]

Bridging the Digital Divide in Native American Communities2022-01-13T15:22:28+00:00

A Primer on Housing Markets with a Bird’s Eye View on New Jersey’s

2022-01-13T15:24:36+00:00

By Michael L. Lahr, R/ECON™ Housing markets are not just geographically separated, they are socially stratified too (in combination the two generate what is termed, “housing market segmentation”). Properties in a region can differ radically in price (e.g., range between $20,000 and $1,000,000 per acre). Moreover, the buyer base and housing availability for that particular [...]

A Primer on Housing Markets with a Bird’s Eye View on New Jersey’s2022-01-13T15:24:36+00:00

Vacant Commercial Property in New Jersey: Causes and Solutions

2022-01-06T20:29:54+00:00

Michael S. Hayes and Pengju Zhang The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in investment decisions throughout the economy. For example, the growth in virtual work and e-commerce has likely negatively impacted the demand for some commercial property in New Jersey. A significant increase in vacant and under-occupied property can cause many social problems, including increasing [...]

Vacant Commercial Property in New Jersey: Causes and Solutions2022-01-06T20:29:54+00:00

Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

2022-01-04T14:18:55+00:00

Tia Azzi, R/ECON Not all bike lanes are created equal. New Jersey is trying to encourage bicycling as a main form of transportation by enhancing existing ways and expanding bike lanes. But only about 0.3% of New Jersey residents bike to work.[1] This contrasts with nationwide commuting behavior in countries like the Netherlands in which [...]

Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation2022-01-04T14:18:55+00:00

The New Jersey High School Experience: Opportunities for High-leverage Mathematics Course Taking

2021-12-23T13:48:19+00:00

Elisabeth Kim, Ph.D. and Vandeen Campbell, Ph.D. Mathematics has long been considered essential to success in secondary and post-secondary education and in a labor market increasingly reliant on 21st century skills (Aughinbaugh, 2012; Kim et al., 2015). Furthermore, an understanding of complex math and problem-solving skills such as algebra is critical to citizenship in a democratic society [...]

The New Jersey High School Experience: Opportunities for High-leverage Mathematics Course Taking2021-12-23T13:48:19+00:00

Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?

2021-12-20T18:42:34+00:00

Tia Azzi For many years, New Jersey has lost population via net in- and out-migration. From 2011 through 2019, this has resulted in the state hemorrhaging a total of more than $23.6 billion in net adjusted gross income (AGI) according to U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 2021 data. While education plays a role, the migration [...]

Interstate Migration: A Lost Cause for New Jersey?2021-12-20T18:42:34+00:00

Will online shopping for groceries persist after the pandemic?

2021-12-15T20:53:41+00:00

Hannah Younes, Robert B. Noland, and Wenwen Zhang The pandemic altered the way we shop for food. People in the U.S. started to shop for more groceries while decreasing their consumption of take-out food. For the first time since the great recession, grocery food expenditure accounted for more than half of total food expenditures. Compared [...]

Will online shopping for groceries persist after the pandemic?2021-12-15T20:53:41+00:00

Public Safety, Health, and Youth School Experiences: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey

2021-12-13T18:41:35+00:00

Charles E. Menifield While the legalization of recreational marijuana will benefit state finances, policy-makers must consider potential negative externalities associated with the sale of legalized marijuana. In a forthcoming report funded by the New Jersey Policy Lab, researchers determined that marijuana usage in New Jersey is very similar to usage across the US. For example, [...]

Public Safety, Health, and Youth School Experiences: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey2021-12-13T18:41:35+00:00

Digital Equity for K-12 Students

2021-12-09T16:46:26+00:00

By Stephanie Holcomb, Jessica Cruz-Nagoski, Andrea Hetling, Gregory Porumbescu, Vishal Trehan The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important role efforts to promote digital access, literacy, and skills play in promoting a more equitable society. This lesson is perhaps most apparent for education, where many of the nation’s children and educators were forced into virtual schooling on [...]

Digital Equity for K-12 Students2021-12-09T16:46:26+00:00

Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level

2021-12-06T14:21:03+00:00

Jennifer Spiegel 12-06-21 “Evidence-based policymaking” seems to be all the rage with think tanks, lawmakers, and governmental agencies, but what does it mean, really? Evidence-based policymaking uses the best available research and data to target resources to programs and policies that are proven to work.[1] It guides decision-making using results-driven solutions and rigorous data analysis. [...]

Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level2021-12-06T14:21:03+00:00
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