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 focus on violence. His recent books (with Jens Ludwig) include Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), which develops and applies a framework for assessing costs that is grounded in economic theory and is quite at odds with the traditional "COI" framework; and Evaluating Gun Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), an edited collection of original contributions. Cook has also written on the state lotteries with Charles Clotfelter (Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America, Harvard University Press, 1989), and with Robert H. Frank on the causes and consequences of the growing inequality of earnings (The Winner-Take-All Society, The Free Press, 1995).

Research Interests:
Economics, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Education


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.J. Cook, D.C. Gottfredson, and C. Na "School crime statistics." (forthcoming) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Ed. G.J.N. Bruinsma and D.L. Weisburd Springer Science+Business Media, 2014

  2. P.J. Cook and K.A. Goss (2014). The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know.. Oxford University Press.

  3. R.H. Frank and P.J. Cook (December, 2013). Winner-take-all markets. Studies in Microeconomics, 1(2).

  4. P.J. Cook "How we can reduce gun violence."  January 8, 2013 [available here]

  5. PJ Cook, S Machin , O Marie and G Mastrobuoni, "Crime Economics in its Fifth Decade." Lessons from the Economics of Crime: What Reduces Offending?. Ed. PJ Cook, S Machin , O Marie and G Mastrobuoni, MIT Press, 2013

Recent Presentations
  1. The economics of illegal gun markets, Chicago, IL, February 16, 2014
Curriculum Vitae

Philip J. Cook

Philip J. Cook
Office: 215 Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7360
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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