Philip J. Cook

ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics and Sociology; Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

One strand of Phil Cook's research addresses the prevention of alcohol-related problems through restrictions on alcohol availability. A second strand concerns the economics of crime, with a focus on violence. His recent book with Kristin Goss, The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014) examines important questions about gun policy. His other books include Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), Evaluating Gun Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America (Harvard University Press, 1989), and The Winner-Take-All Society (The Free Press, 1995).

His research at the Center includes the Truancy Prevention Project, an intervention designed to prevent the onset of truancy among primary school students. The intervention was designed in collaboration with elementary school teachers and administrators and is currently being tested in one elementary school in Durham.

Research Interests:
Economics, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Education


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. PJ Cook and S Kang (2016). Birthdays, Schooling, and Crime: Regression-Discontinuity Analysis of School Performance, Delinquency, Dropout, and Crime Initiation †. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(1), 33-57. [doi]

  2. PJ Cook, ST Parker and HA Pollack (2015). Sources of guns to dangerous people: what we learn by asking them.. Preventive medicine, 79, 28-36. [doi]  [abs]

  3. PJ Cook, S Kang, AA Braga, J Ludwig and ME O’Brien (2015). An Experimental Evaluation of a Comprehensive Employment-Oriented Prisoner Re-entry Program. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 31(3), 355-382. [doi]

  4. PJ Cook "Robbery Violence." Gun Violence. Ed. R Hornsby and R Hobbs Ashgate Publishing Ltd., August, 2015

  5. PJ Cook and J Ludwig "The Burden of 'Acting White:' Do Black Adolescents Disparage Academic Achievement?." Minority status, Oppositional Culture and Academic Engagement. Ed. JU Ogbu RoutledgeFarmer, August, 2015

Curriculum Vitae

Philip J. Cook

Philip J. Cook
Office: 215 Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7360
Fax: (919) 681-8288
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Mailing Address:
Duke Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests: (from Specialties)
Economics, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Education Specialties:

Crime and Juvenile Justice