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Glenn Loury

Watson Goes to Washington

June 11, 2014

On June 9, Brown alumni and friends attended a series of events at the National Press Club, hosted by Brown and the Watson Institute as part of Brown's 250th anniversary celebration. 

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A new report reveals that state spending on incarceration in the US rose 400 percent between 1980 and 2009.

May 1, 2014

According to a report by the National Research Council, the rise of incarceration in the US caused a 400 percent increase in state spending between 1980 and 2009. An article in the Washington Post examines the findings of the two-year study, which "concludes that all of its costs — for families, communities, state budgets and society — have simply not been worth the benefit in deterrence and crime reduction." Glenn Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Science and professor of economics at Brown and an expert on the economics of race and inequality, serves on the National Research Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which commissioned the report. Loury is a faculty fellow at the Watson Institute.

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Video: Loury Reflects on Mandela's Death

December 12, 2013

Faculty Fellow Glenn Loury and University of Chicago colleague Harold Pollack discuss the death of Nelson Mandela and why they weren't more committed to anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s.

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