Glenn Loury

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Glenn Loury
Glenn Loury.jpg
Born (1948-09-03) September 3, 1948 (age 68)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
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 September 3, 1948) is an American economist, academic and author. He is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.


Early years[edit]

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.


In 1982, at age 33, he became 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]

After a subsequent period of seclusion and self-reflection, Loury reemerged as a born-again Christian and described himself as a "black progressive".[5] Loury left Harvard in 1991 to go 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 in the Economics Department, and a research associate of the Population Studies and Training Center.

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]

Loury is a frequent contributor to, where he hosts The Glenn Show.

Personal life[edit]

Loury and his late wife, Tufts economist Linda Datcher Loury, have two sons, Glenn II and Nehemiah. Loury and his first wife, Charlene Loury, have two daughters, Lisa and Tamara. Loury also has a son out of wedlock, Alden Loury. [1]


  • Loury, Glenn (1995). One by One From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (First ed.). New York: Free Press. ISBN 0-02-919441-5. 
  • Loury, Glenn (2002). The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00625-9. 
  • 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 0-521-82309-9. 
  • Loury, Glenn; Karlan, Pamela; Wacquant, Loic; Shelby, Tommie (2008). Race, Incarceration, and American Values. A Boston review book. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-12311-2. 


  1. ^ a b c Angelica Spertini (2006-05-15). "Glenn C. Loury Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Glenn Loury's About Face". The New York Times. 20 January 2002. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Harvard Teacher is Free of Charge". The New York Times. 20 August 1987. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Harvard Teacher Faces Drug Charges in Boston". The New York Times. 3 December 1987. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. ^ Robert Boynton (1 May 1995). "Loury's Exodus: A profile of Glenn Loury". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 

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