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Morishima Lecture

Why Does Racial Inequality Persist?

Glenn Loury (Brown University)

Tuesday 31 May 2022 17:30 - 19:00

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About this event

In exploring the persistence of racial inequality, Glenn Loury will discuss a range of conceptual frameworks that are useful for understanding racial inequality drawing on a lifetime of work on these issues, traversing disciplinary boundaries while reflecting his background as an economist.

He will particularly explore the importance of social networks in influencing education decisions and how a lack of access to networks can act as a barrier to educational attainment. In addition, he will explore the politics of racial inequalities, with a particular focus on the US context. This will involve a critique of identity politics and the kind of anti-racism politics that has emerged in the US.

Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) is an American economist, academic, and author. He was the first African American tenured professor of economics in the history of Harvard University. He’s the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He is also among America’s leading critics writing on racial inequality.

Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE, will be chairing the event.

This is the 2022 Morishima Lecture. This lecture series is held in honour of Professor Michio Morishima (1923-2004), Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics at LSE and STICERD's first chairman.

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