Glenn Loury

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Glenn Loury
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Born (1948-09-03) September 3, 1948 (age 71)
InstitutionBrown University
FieldSocial economics
Alma materMIT (1976)
Northwestern University (1972)
Robert Solow[1]
ContributionsCoate-Loury model of affirmative action
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Glenn Cartman Loury (born September 3, 1948) is an American economist, academic, and author. In 1982, at age 33, he became the first black tenured professor of economics in the history of Harvard University. He is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.[2]


Early years[edit]

Loury was born in, Chicago, Illinois.[3] 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.[4] He resigned that position after two years, feeling that the appointment was a mistake because he "wasn’t yet fully established as a scientist."[5]

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.[6] Loury was later arrested for possession of cocaine.[7]

After a subsequent period of seclusion and self-reflection, Loury reemerged as a born-again Christian and described himself as a "black progressive".[8] 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 is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. Loury's areas of study include applied microeconomic theory: welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.[3] In addition to economics, he has also written extensively on the themes of racial inequality and social policy.[9]

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

Public statements[edit]

When the Chicago Police Department announced in early December 2016 that the city's annual homicide rate had exceeded 700 for the first time in two decades, Loury wrote,

"Black Lives Matter -- really! In my hometown, Chicago, they are being extirpated at an alarming rate. The discourse about race, violence, and the value of human life has been held hostage to partisanship -- Black Lives Matter vs. Blue Lives Matter. We can do better than that. The election is over. And, the body count mounts. I'm interested now in SOLUTIONS and, frankly, I don't give a damn where they come from. Obama ignored this catastrophe unfolding in his adopted home town for nearly a decade. At the moment, I'm inclined to #GiveTrumpAChance to 'fix it.' Anybody with a better idea? Speak now."[10][11]

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 from a prior relationship, Alden Loury.[3]


  • 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 978-0-02-919441-6.
  • Loury, Glenn (2002). The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-00625-6.
  • 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 978-0-521-82309-8.
  • 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. ^ Loury, Glenn Cartman (1976). Essays in the Theory of the Distribution of Income (Ph.D.). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/27456.
  2. ^ "Glenn Loury | Watson Institute".
  3. ^ a b c Angelica Spertini (2006-05-15). "Glenn C. Loury Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-31. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Glenn Loury's About Face". The New York Times. 20 January 2002. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  5. ^ "'Affirmative Action is Not About Equality. It's About Covering Ass.'". 2019-06-17.
  6. ^ "Harvard Teacher is Free of Charge". The New York Times. 20 August 1987. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  7. ^ "Harvard Teacher Faces Drug Charges in Boston". The New York Times. 3 December 1987. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  8. ^ Robert Boynton (1 May 1995). "Loury's Exodus: A profile of Glenn Loury". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  9. ^ "Glenn Loury | Watson Institute".
  10. ^ Glenn Loury's Facebook page, "Black Lives Matter", December 2, 2016
  11. ^ Chicago Tribune, "Chicago tops 700 homicides — with a month to go in violent 2016", December 2, 2016

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