Robert G. Lynch is the Everett E. Nuttle professor of economics at Washington College, where he has taught since 1998. He is also a Senior Fellow at American Progress and a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute. Previously, he taught at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he served as chair of the department of economics between 1991 and 1993. In addition, Lynch has served as a consultant to numerous organizations, including private businesses, governments, labor unions, and research organizations. His areas of specialization include public policy, public finance, international economics, economic development, and comparative economics.
His current research assesses the economic effects of immigration reform. Among his most recent publications in this area are The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants (2013) and National and State-by-State Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform (2013). In the past, he has evaluated the adequacy and effectiveness of state and local government economic policies, reviewed government economic growth strategies, and analyzed the efficiency, fairness, and stability of state and local tax systems.
Lynch is the author of several works that have quantified the impact of public investment in early childhood, including Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social Benefits of Investment in Early Childhood Development (2004), Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten (2007), and The Cost Effectiveness of Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten: a State Level Synthesis (2010). He has also analyzed the effectiveness of state and local government economic policies in promoting economic development and creating jobs, including his 2004 publication Rethinking Growth Strategies: How State and Local Taxes and Public Services Affect Economic Development. In addition, he has written several papers that examined issues related to the definition and measurement of income inequality.
Lynch graduated with a B.A. degree in international and development economics from Georgetown University in 1979, earned a master’s degree in economics from the State University of New York, or SUNY, at Stony Brook in 1981, and received a Ph.D. in economics from SUNY Stony Brook in 1984.