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Richard B. Freeman, PhD Biography

Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“[They] want the judiciary to draw a boundary in the gray area in favor of immigrants, on the principle that the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution prohibits ‘the creation of a near caste-structure …of socially and economically disadvantaged groups …that live at the margin of society;’ and that immigrants are exceptionally likely to fall into this group…

I find [these] arguments strained, and reject as antidemocratic the notion that the judiciary should determine policy in this area. We may all oppose social exclusion, but to argue that the Constitution requires that courts regulate social policies to limit such exclusion seems to be an extraordinary reading of law. …in all instances, I would leave the decision in the hands of the electorate.”

“Let the People Decide; A Response to ‘The Immigrant as Pariah’ by Owen Fiss,” Boston Review, Oct./Nov. 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Co-Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
  • Program Director for Labor Studies, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
  • Senior Research Fellow, Labour Markets, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
  • Fairchild Distinguished Research Professor, California Institute of Technology
  • Consultant to the US Dept of Labor, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
  • United Nations Millenium Project Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
  • Vice-President, American Economics Association, 1997
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de Mons Hainaut, Belgium, 1996
  • Consultant for the World Bank, World Development Report
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1969
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1964
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