Last updated on: 2/26/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Lynch, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Economics at Washington College
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“As our study demonstrates, legal status and a road map to citizenship for the unauthorized will bring about significant economic gains in terms of growth, earnings, tax revenues, and jobs—all of which will not occur in the absence of immigration reform or with reform that creates a permanent sub-citizen class of residents. We also show that the timing of reform matters: The sooner we provide legal status and citizenship, the greater the economic benefits are for the nation.”

Cowritten with Patrick Oakford, “The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants,” Center for American Progress website, Mar. 20, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Economics, Washington College, fall 1998-present
  • Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute, 2004-present
  • Professor, Department of Economics, State University of New York at Cortland, 1983-1998
  • Chair, Department of Economics, State University of New York at Cortland, 1991-1993
  • Professor, Huanghe University (China), 1985-1986
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1984
  • MA, Economics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1981
  • BSFS (Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service), International and Developmental Economics, Georgetown University, 1979
Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?