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. 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

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