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What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

2022-09-12T09:25:36-04:00

by Michael Lahr, Tia Azzi, and Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service It is vital for New Jersey policymakers to understand what affects municipal tax rates. In this brief, we analyze local government spending and attempt to equalize effective municipal tax rates across New Jersey’s counties. To do this, we identify the variables [...]

What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?2022-09-12T09:25:36-04:00

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Poverty Rates in New Jersey, 2010-2020

2022-08-05T14:12:29-04:00

by Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) To gain a clear understanding of racial and ethnic disparities related to poverty, it is most important to focus on the poverty rate rather than the poverty count. According to the results presented in Figure 1.1, a much greater share of Black (17.3 percent) and [...]

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Poverty Rates in New Jersey, 2010-20202022-08-05T14:12:29-04:00

Housing Affordability in New Jersey, 2010-2020

2022-07-11T08:26:13-04:00

by Maia de la Calle. Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) Housing affordability and ownership accessibility The main expense incurred by New Jersey’s residents is shelter or housing.  As of 2019, New Jersey ranked third in the country for median monthly housing costs, after California and Hawaii.[1] In that same year, the median gross rent for [...]

Housing Affordability in New Jersey, 2010-20202022-07-11T08:26:13-04:00

Prevalence of Child Poverty in New Jersey

2022-06-27T10:17:19-04:00

by Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) Over the past two decades, children in New Jersey have been more afflicted by poverty than have adults. Growing up in poverty translates to higher exposure to economic deprivation, chronic exposure to stressors, inadequate nutrition, and limited educational opportunities, amongst other hardships. Research points to [...]

Prevalence of Child Poverty in New Jersey2022-06-27T10:17:19-04:00

Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-2020

2022-06-13T08:53:55-04:00

Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) The impact of the pandemic on poverty and inequality continues to be studied at a global and national scale.[1],[2] Although the U.S. Census data have yet to reflect the full extent of the pandemic on poverty, numbers are expected to rise [3] due to an economic [...]

Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-20202022-06-13T08:53:55-04:00

Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 2020

2022-05-16T09:42:10-04:00

Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction This is the third brief that reports data on New Jersey from the 2020 decennial census. The first presents a summary dataset that R/Econ™ produced for the New Jersey State Policy Lab in the form of readily accessed spreadsheets.[1] The second examines differences between [...]

Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 20202022-05-16T09:42:10-04:00

Guilt Tipping and the Inflated Default Tip

2022-05-04T07:37:07-04:00

By Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) In a recent article, New York Times reporter Christina Morales writes about the spread of “tipping fatigue,” noting how electronic screens now recommend tips as high as 35 percent of the bill and how these screens are cropping up at new places, like bakeries, movie theaters, [...]

Guilt Tipping and the Inflated Default Tip2022-05-04T07:37:07-04:00

U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations

2022-04-28T18:26:23-04:00

by Tia Azzi, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction to the Arab Community Ethnic identity can be a complex topic, and one that is challenging to adequately capture in national surveys. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are ethnically diverse and comprised of various Arab and non-Arab groups; the latter includes Persians, Turks, [...]

U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations2022-04-28T18:26:23-04:00

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

2022-04-12T13:32:47-04:00

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 Momentum2022-04-12T13:32:47-04:00

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

2022-04-08T09:35:44-04:00

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 off [...]

Adjustments to Municipal and County Population Counts in New Jersey for 20202022-04-08T09:35:44-04:00
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