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How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

October 18th, 2021|Comments Off on How has transportation been affected by COVID-19?

Robert B. Noland and Wenwen Zhang Over the last year and a half, the transportation system in New Jersey and throughout the country has seen dramatic impacts due to the pandemic. The lockdowns in effect [...]

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The New Jersey High School Experience: Promoting Freshman On-track through Postsecondary Success for Cohorts of Secondary School Students

October 13th, 2021|Comments Off on The New Jersey High School Experience: Promoting Freshman On-track through Postsecondary Success for Cohorts of Secondary School Students

Vandeen Campbell Ninth grade is a critical year for getting adolescents on a path to secondary and postsecondary success. For underperforming secondary schools and districts looking to turnaround the trajectory of their freshman cohorts, offering [...]

Cannabis Use in New Jersey

October 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Cannabis Use in New Jersey

Charles Menifield In 2010, the state of New Jersey legalized marijuana for medical purposes with the passage of S. 119 - The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. In November 2018, the New Jersey State Senate [...]

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U.S. Census: How are States Impacted Financially

September 30th, 2021|Comments Off on U.S. Census: How are States Impacted Financially

Amal Muse Every decade, across the United States, the federal government collects comprehensive data on every individual based on basic population characteristics including age, sex, marital status, household composition, family characteristics, and household size. [...]

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The Post-Pandemic Economy: The Nation and New Jersey with a Focus on the Public Sector

September 24th, 2021|Comments Off on The Post-Pandemic Economy: The Nation and New Jersey with a Focus on the Public Sector

Jennifer Spiegel & Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) The short-term prospects for the state’s economy remain quite exuberant. This is despite the arrival of the delta variant of COVID-19 in July 2021, [...]

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How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

September 16th, 2021|Comments Off on How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

Jennifer Spiegel The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has brought about record job losses and the highest number of new unemployment claims since 1982. In mid-March 2020, new unemployment claims nationwide totaled [...]

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Digital equity – what it is, how it’s defined in the field, how it’s related to public policy, and why it matters in NJ

September 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Digital equity – what it is, how it’s defined in the field, how it’s related to public policy, and why it matters in NJ

Jessica Cruz As technology advances and COVID-19 continues to force activities to be virtual, there is an increasing divide between those who can and cannot go online. The people who are most affected by [...]

US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

September 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

Jennifer Spiegel To help Americans recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has authorized the U.S. Treasury Department to set up coronavirus relief grants to state and local governments for economic [...]

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Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

August 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

Jennifer Spiegel Over the past few years, a heightened awareness of the importance of racial equity and justice has permeated the political conversation. American institutions, businesses, and communities are taking a closer look at [...]

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Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

August 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

Marilyn Rubin One of the most powerful levers that governments have to advancing equity for all residents is their budgets, “the medium through which [flows] the essential life of support systems of public policy” (Wildavsky [...]

Welcome to the New Jersey Policy Lab Blog

August 1st, 2021|Comments Off on Welcome to the New Jersey Policy Lab Blog

Stuart Shapiro New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union.  It is also one of the most diverse.  As one of my colleagues is fond of noting, New Jersey is often a [...]