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Lowering Tax Rates on Motor Fuels: A Bad Idea That’s Gaining Momentum

2022-10-21T16:29:03-04:00

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Policymakers’ hearts are in the right place. Presently, the United Kingdom and a few U.S. states are enabling at least a temporary reprieve from fuel taxes in the name of solidarity against Russian aggression.[1] In the face of budget surpluses and soaring energy prices, it would [...]

Lowering Tax Rates on Motor Fuels: A Bad Idea That’s Gaining Momentum2022-10-21T16:29:03-04:00

Adjustments to Municipal and County Population Counts in New Jersey for 2020

2022-10-21T16:28:20-04:00

by Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) According to the latest Census count, New Jersey's population peaked above nine million for the first time in 2020. More precisely, it had 9,288,994 inhabitants in 2020, an adjustment of 400,968 from prior Census Bureau estimates for 2020. That is, Census estimates were [...]

Adjustments to Municipal and County Population Counts in New Jersey for 20202022-10-21T16:28:20-04:00

New Jersey’s Single-Family Housing Markets by County 2021

2022-10-21T16:27:56-04:00

Naheed Azhar and Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) As the count of listings and asking prices flattened,[i] realtors and creditors predicted a rise in foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies as people were laid off and furloughed and as many small businesses failed.[ii] But things did not roll out as feared for housing markets. [...]

New Jersey’s Single-Family Housing Markets by County 20212022-10-21T16:27:56-04:00

What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?

2022-10-21T16:26:42-04:00

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Here we are in mid-March of 2022 and the average price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline in New Jersey is $4.335; a year ago it was $2.925.[1] That’s nearly a 50% increase in less than a year. How and why did it come to [...]

What’s Up with Gasoline Prices?2022-10-21T16:26:42-04:00

A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering

2022-10-21T16:25:31-04:00

Maia de la Calle and Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) The New Jersey State Policy Lab started operating when some of the first local-level data were released from the 2020 Census. It, therefore, seemed somewhat natural for the Lab to produce a census-based product that likely would appeal to governments within the [...]

A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering2022-10-21T16:25:31-04:00

An Early 2022 Inflation Update for New Jersey

2022-10-21T16:24:49-04:00

Michael Lahr, R/Econ™ In terms of both crude oil and natural gas production, Russia is second only to the United States worldwide. Moreover, about 8% of U.S. petroleum imports are from Russia.[1] For Europe, that share is closer to 40%.[2] So, clearly the Russia-Ukraine crisis poses a severe risk to petroleum markets. The shutdown of all [...]

An Early 2022 Inflation Update for New Jersey2022-10-21T16:24:49-04:00

New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-2019

2022-10-21T16:20:27-04:00

by Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, R/Econ™ The latest report from R/Econ™ examines the migration trends across counties within New Jersey between 2018 and 2019. This report uses Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data, rather than that from than the U.S. Census, to report migration by county. This analysis divides New Jersey into five regions to [...]

New Jersey Intercounty Migration Trends, 2018-20192022-10-21T16:20:27-04:00

Has New Jersey’s Housing Market Peaked? A New Year’s Assessment

2022-10-21T16:18:28-04:00

By Michael L. Lahr, Director of Rutgers Economic Research Service (R/ECON™) What is the status of New Jersey housing markets? The bottom line has been more or less the same since June 2020: double-digit price growth prompted by low inventory and depressed interest rates. Have they peaked? That is a tougher call. For sure, the [...]

Has New Jersey’s Housing Market Peaked? A New Year’s Assessment2022-10-21T16:18:28-04:00

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

2022-10-21T16:17:01-04:00

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’s2022-10-21T16:17:01-04:00

Bicycle Lanes: Motivating Active Transportation

2022-10-21T16:16:14-04:00

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 Transportation2022-10-21T16:16:14-04:00
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