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Glenn Loury
Glenn Loury.jpg
Birth 3 September 1948 (1948-09-03) (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality  United States
Institution Brown University
Field Social economics
Alma mater MIT (1976)
Northwestern University (1972)
Influenced Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
Contributions Coate-Loury Model of affirmative action
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Glenn Cartman Loury (born 3 September 1948) is an American academic and author. He is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.




Early years

Loury was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] In 1972, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


At age 35, he was the first black tenured professor of economics in the history of Harvard University.[2]

In 1984, Loury drew the attention of critics with "A New American Dilemma", published in The New Republic, where he addressed what he terms "fundamental failures in black society" such as "the lagging academic performance of black students, the disturbingly high rate of black-on-black crime, and the alarming increase in early unwed pregnancies among blacks."

In 1987, Loury's career continued its ascent when he was selected to be the next Undersecretary of Education, a position which would have made him the second-highest-ranking black person in the Reagan administration. However, Loury withdrew from consideration on June 1, three days before being charged with assault after a "lover's quarrel" with a 23-year-old woman.[3] Loury was later arrested for possession of cocaine.[4]

Since 1987, Loury has reemerged after reclusive self-reflection as a born-again Christian and repositioned himself as a "black progressive".[5] Loury left Harvard in 1991 to go across town to Boston University, where he headed the Institute on Race and Social Division. In 2005, Loury left Boston University for Brown University, where he was named a professor of economics, a research associate of the Population Studies and Training Center, and given a courtesy appointment in Africana studies.

Loury's areas of study include applied microeconomic theory: welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.[1]

Personal life

Loury and his wife Linda have two sons, Glenn II and Nehemiah.[1]


  • Loury, Glenn (1995). One by One From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (First edition ed.). New York: Free Press. ISBN 0029194415.  
  • Loury, Glenn (2002). The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674006259).  
  • Loury, Glenn; Modood, Tariq; Teles, Steven (2005). Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0521823099.  
  • Loury, Glenn; Karlan, Pamela; Wacquant, Loic; Shelby, Tommie (2008). Race, Incarceration, and American Values. A Boston review book. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262123112.  


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