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Loury, Glen C.

Glen C. Loury
1948–

Economist

Glen Cartman Loury is a distinguished economic theorist who has taught and lectured at numerous universities in the United States and abroad. He has written many books and scholarly articles on welfare, economics, game theory, natural resource economics, industrial organization, and the economics of income distribution. He is also a prominent social critic and public intellectual.

Glen Cartman Loury was born September 3, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, on the city's south side to Everett Loury and Gloria (Cartman) Roosley. Loury received his BA. degree in mathematics from Northwestern University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. His thesis was entitled "Essays in the Theory of the Distribution of Income."

Loury's first marriage to Charlene ended in divorce. He married Linda Datcher on June 11, 1983. Lisa, Tamara, Alden, Glen II, and Nehemiah are their children.

In 1976 Glen Cartman Loury began work as assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and continued his employment there until 1979. From 1979 to 1980 he was an associate professor and from 1980 to 1982 he was professor of economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as professor of economics and Afro-American studies from 1982 to 1984 and professor of political economy from 1984 to 1991 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1991 to 1994 he served as university professor and from 1994 to 2005 as university professor and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University in Massachusetts. He served as visiting lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, including Oxford University, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Stockholm. He has been a guest on radio and television programs, including Firing Line Group and Think Tank. He testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and served as consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, Center for Naval Analyses, and American Telephone and Telegraph Company. He is also an elected member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Publishes on Various Themes

Loury has published widely, writing on such topics as negative stereotypes, self-censorship, and race. Loury is editor of and a contributor to From Children to Citizens, published in 1987. He is a contributor to Mending Fences: Renewing Justice between Government and Civil Society, by Dan Coats and edited by James W. Skillen, published in 1998. He is the author of One by One, from the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility (1995) and Anatomy of Racial Inequality (2002), and co-editor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy (2005).

He has also contributed to American Society: Public and Private Responsibilities (1986), The Question of Discrimination (1989), and the Constitutional Bases of Political Change in the United States (1990).

Loury has contributed more than one hundred reviews and articles in professional journals, including Rationality and Society, Annals of the American Association of Political and Social Science, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Black Political Economy, Journal of Family and Culture, and The American Economic Review. He has also served as contributing editor to the New Republic and served as a member of the editorial advisory board for First Things: The Journal of Religion, and Culture, and Public Life.

Loury enjoys playing chess, billiards, and pool, listening to jazz music and reading. He is the recipient of numerous honors and held prestigious positions, including the James A. Moffett '29 Lecturer in Ethics in November of 2003 and the W. E. B. Du Bois Lecturer at Harvard University in April of 2000, and he was elected Fellow of the Economic Society in 1994. In 2005 he was the recipient of the John Von Neumann Award given annually by the Rajk László College of the Budapest University of Economic Science and Public Administration.

On September 1, 2005 Loury was appointed Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lectures, publishes, and shares his multitude of academic talents with administration, faculty, and students and other academicians in the United States and abroad. He ranks among notable black American men nationwide.

Chronology

1948
Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 3
1972
Receives B.A. in mathematics from Northwestern University
1976
Receives Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1976–79
Assistant professor, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
1979–80
Associate professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan
1980–82
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan
1982–84
Professor of economics and Afro-American studies, Harvard University
1984–91
Professor of political economy, Harvard University
1991–94
University professor, Boston University
1994–2005
University professor and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division, Boston University
1995
Authors One by One, from the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility
1996
Serves as Boston University lecturer
2000
Serves as Harvard University, Du Bois Lecturer
2002
Authors The Anatomy of Racial Inequality
2005
Begins work as Merton P. Stolz Social Science Professor at Brown University; receives John Von Neumann Award; co-editor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy

REFERENCES

Books

Smith, Jessie Carney, "Glen Cartman Loury." In Black Firsts, 2nd ed., Canton, Mich.: Visible Ink Press, 2003.

Who's Who Among African Americans. 18th ed. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale, 2005.

                                       Prudence White Bryant

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