All Published NJSPL Reports

  • Discipline Disparities in NJ High Schools

Discipline Inequity and Segregation in New Jersey’s High Schools

September 19th, 2022|Comments Off on Discipline Inequity and Segregation in New Jersey’s High Schools

By Elisabeth Kim, PhD. The most segregated high schools in New Jersey often have the highest suspension rates. For example, this is the case for schools that serve large percentages of students of color (90%+) [...]

  • Adjusted Intercounty Equalized Municipal Tax Rates in New Jersey, 2020

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

September 12th, 2022|Comments Off on What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

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 [...]

Does the Decision to Allow Local Cannabis-Related Businesses Impact Home Sale Prices?

September 1st, 2022|Comments Off on Does the Decision to Allow Local Cannabis-Related Businesses Impact Home Sale Prices?

by Michael S. Hayes, Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Camden and Prakash Kandel, Ph.D. Student, Rutgers University-Camden During the 2020 general election, New Jersey voters approved a ballot question to amend the state constitution to allow residents [...]

New Jersey’s Changing Population and Childcare Needs

August 24th, 2022|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Changing Population and Childcare Needs

by Sarah F. Small and Debra Lancaster Like many parents in the United States, New Jersey parents have faced some formidable obstacles finding accessible quality childcare. This is particularly true given changes in the childcare [...]

  • Freshman Science Course Taking

Equal Access to STEM Pathways? A Closer Look at Science Course-taking Trends in New Jersey’s High Schools

July 28th, 2022|Comments Off on Equal Access to STEM Pathways? A Closer Look at Science Course-taking Trends in New Jersey’s High Schools

by Vandeen Campbell Freshman Year Science Course-taking in NJ, 2016-2019 Note: The total number of schools and students represented in each chart panel varied slightly each year. In 2019-20, 58 high schools (total 9th grade [...]

State Equity Initiatives

June 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on State Equity Initiatives

by Marilyn Rubin Government actions have the potential to make a substantial and lasting impact on equity for all residents. One of government’s most powerful levers for advancing equity is its budget, “the medium through [...]

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Pandemic’s Impact on Women in NJ: Domestic Violence, Access to Healthcare and Housing

May 19th, 2022|Comments Off on Pandemic’s Impact on Women in NJ: Domestic Violence, Access to Healthcare and Housing

By Sarah Small and Debra Lancaster With so much economic precarity brought on by the pandemic, many women in New Jersey have been confronted with issues of homelessness and inaccessible healthcare. According to the US [...]

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COVID-19 and the Gender Wage Gap in New Jersey

March 24th, 2022|Comments Off on COVID-19 and the Gender Wage Gap in New Jersey

With childcare disruptions, deep unemployment, and job changes, women in New Jersey have faced turbulent economic prospects worse than men’s along several dimensions throughout the pandemic. However, New Jersey women are no stranger to economic [...]

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Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

March 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

Tracy P. Glova The New Jersey State Policy Lab today issued a report on evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation in New Jersey. “Evaluating Evaluations: Analyzing Evidence‐Based Policymaking in New Jersey and Insights from other Leading [...]

  • Organic Food in Bag

Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

March 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

Jeanne Herb The New Jersey State Policy Lab and the Organics Workgroup of the NJ Climate Change Alliance have partnered to inform the development of statewide public policy aimed at reducing food waste, contributing to [...]

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The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era

February 24th, 2022|Comments Off on The New Jersey Housing Crisis in a COVID Era

Katharine Nelson Affordable housing is increasingly scarce within the United States, and COVID-19 has dramatically exacerbated the simmering crisis in affordable housing. In New Jersey, the risk of eviction is greater than across the country, [...]

Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study

February 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study

Today, we’re releasing our report, Cannabis Legalization: A Baseline Study, as part of a project led by Dean Charles Menifield, one of the Policy Lab’s Co-Principal Investigators. This report explores education, health, and law enforcement [...]