Raphael J. Caprio, Ph.D.

Raphael Caprio

University Professor
Director, Bloustein Center for Local Government Research
B.A. Rutgers University, Newark; M.A. University of Cincinnati; Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • Room 245, Civic Square Building
  • (848) 932-2422
  • caprio [at] ejb.rutgers.edu
Research Interests
  • Government management
  • State and local tax policy
  • Interest arbitration and public sector labor issues
  • Regional economic development

Raphael J. Caprio is University Professor at Rutgers University. Dr. Caprio carries out research and teaching in the area of local and state budgeting and finance, financial management, and public sector management.  He also is active in labor and public sector interest arbitration, serving as a financial expert in more than 150 cases.

Dr. Caprio served as University Vice President for Continuing Studies for more than 15 years in which position he was responsible for leadership of both program development and policy for all off-campus, distance learning and continuing education activities at the university.  These programs serve approximately 50,000 continuing education and off-campus students annually through both credit and non-credit courses and programs, as well as approximately 8,000 students,  enrolled in distance learning courses.

Dr. Caprio’s experience in higher education management is extensive, serving several terms as department chair, associate academic dean, college dean, associate provost, institutional CIO, and research institute director.  He has served on several community service boards and is currently a member of the St. Benedict’s Preparatory School Board of Trustees.

Before being designated a University Professor, he served as a Professor of Public Administration, where his service was recognized by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (Public Service Award), Rutgers University (Award for Outstanding Public Service), and other community-based organizations. Co-Founder and first Executive Producer of Caucus (NJN/NJTV, NET: a New Jersey public affairs series), he has also received numerous other awards for his broadcast efforts.   His research has spanned a broad range of topics, from seminal work in pediatric lead poisoning to public policy and property tax implications of delayed revaluations in cities.  Dr. Caprio holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. from Rutgers.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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Undergraduate Courses
  • Principles of Public Management
Graduate Courses
  • Public Management

Recent Publications
  • Caprio, Raphael J., “Size May Not Be the Issue”, New Jersey Municipalities, New Jersey State League of Municipalities, March 2015, pp. 68-69.
  • Caprio, Raphael and Marc Pfeiffer, “The Relationship of the Cost of Local Government and Municipal Size in New Jersey, New Jersey League of Municipalities “Friends of Government”, Policy Series Paper No. 24, December 2014, 22 pp.
  • Caprio, Raphael and Marc Pfeiffer, “Size May Not be the Issue: An Analysis of Cost of Local Government and Municipal Size in New Jersey”, Local Government Research Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of planning and Public Policy, Research Paper No. 1, Rutgers University, November 2014, 40 pp.

Areas of Expertise:  EconomicsHousingHousing FinanceNew Jersey Politics and GovernmentPolitical InstitutionsPublic Sector Management