Philip J. Cook

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

Philip J. Cook, Ph.D., is ITT/Sanford professor emeritus of public policy and professor emeritus of economics and sociology at Duke University. He served as chair of the Department of Public Policy Studies from 1985-89, and again from 1997-99, and as senior associate dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Cook completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. His substantive interests include topics in public health and social policy: alcohol and tobacco control, crime prevention, firearms regulation, state lotteries, structural influences on educational achievement, and sources of growing economic inequality. His research contributions include the first use of “diff in diff” evaluations of policy change using panel regression methods (1982 and 1984, with George Tauchen), and (with Daniel Graham) the development of the normative theory of irreplaceable commodities.

He has served as an advisor to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and to the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Department of Treasury. He has also served on a number of expert panels of the National Academy of Sciences, dealing with alcohol-abuse prevention, injury control, violence, school rampage shootings, underage drinking, the prospects for a ballistics reference data base, the deterrent effect of the death sentence, tax evasion for tobacco products, and proactive policing. He serves as co-organizer of the NBER Workshop on the Economics of Crime.

Cook has authored or co-authored a number of books on such topics as growing inequality of earnings, alcohol control policy, state lotteries, crime control, and the costs of gun violence. His most recent book, co-authored with Kristin Goss, is The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014). His Paying the Tab (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. His book with Robert H. Frank, The Winner-Take-All Society (The Free Press 1995) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and is available in Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Polish editions.

Cook was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. He is an honorary Fellow in both the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.

Research Interests:
Economics, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Education


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Cook, PJ; Rivera-Aguirre, AE; Cerdá, M; Wintemute, G (2017). Constant Lethality of Gunshot Injuries From Firearm Assault: United States, 2003-2012.. American journal of public health, 107(8), 1324-1328. [doi]  [abs]

  2. Cook, PJ (2017). At Last, a Good Estimate of the Magnitude of the Private-Sale Loophole for Firearms.. Annals of internal medicine, 166(4), 301-302. [doi]

  3. Cook, PJ (2017). Deadly force.. Science, 355(6327), 803. [doi]

  4. Cook, PJ (2016). Behavioral Science Critique of HOPE. Criminology and Public Policy, 15(4), 1155-1161. [doi]

  5. Cook, PJ; Kang, S (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]

Curriculum Vitae

Philip J. Cook

Philip J. Cook
Office: 218 Rubenstein Hall
Phone: (919) 613-7360
Fax: (919) 684-3731
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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