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.
Economics, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Education
- Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley - 1973
- BA (with high distinction) University of Michigan - 1968
Recent Publications (More Publications)
- 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]
- PJ Cook, S Kang, AA Braga, J Ludwig and ME Oâ€™Brien (2015). An Experimental Evaluation of a Comprehensive Employment-Oriented Prisoner Re-entry Program. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 31(3), 355-382. [doi]
- PJ Cook, RJ Harris, J Ludwig and HA Pollack (2015). Some sources of crime guns in Chicago: Dirty dealers, straw purchasers, and traffickers. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 104(4), 717-760. [abs]
- PJ Cook and S Kang (2015). Birthdays, schooling, and crime: Regression-discontinuity analysis of school performance, delinquency, dropout, and crime initiation. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
- 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
Philip J. Cook
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