Glenn Loury - Economist, Professor

Glenn Loury (@glennloury) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has published mainly in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of race and inequality and hosts The Glenn Show on

Glenn has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, Member of the American Philosophical Society, Vice President of the American Economics Association, and President of the Eastern Economics Association. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Scholarship to support his work.

As a prominent social critic and public intellectual, writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy, Professor Loury has published over 200 essays and reviews in journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a contributing editor at The Boston Review, and was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic.

Professor Loury’s books include One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (winner of the American Book Award and the Christianity Today Book Award), The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK and, Race, Incarceration and American Values.

Glenn’s a member of the Intellectual Dark Web, a group of prominent public individuals like Sam Harris and Jordan B Peterson focused on truth, transparency and open dialogues in today’s rocky political climate.

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In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The problems with and purpose of affirmative action and what we can do about it
  • Why Jordan Peterson and the Intellectual Dark Web have built such a following
  • The Harvard race problem with admissions and what it means
  • What identity politics does to social cohesion
  • Why science has become so politicized
  • Glenn’s views on equality and race
  • Why logic trumps emotion when it comes to policy and reporting
  • The problem with the prison system, especially for African Americans
  • How genetic engineering can create an even less equal society
  • How to think about immigration and the issues it creates
  • Why some environments are conducive to success and others are not
  • The issue with race differences and science and how society can handle them
  • Why climate change has become so political


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