Philip J. Cook
ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy Studies
Philip J. Cook is ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University. He served as director and chair of Duke’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy from 1985-89, and again from 1997-99. Cook is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an honorary Fellow in the American Society of Criminology. In 2001 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cook joined the Duke faculty in 1973 after earning his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (Criminal Division) and to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Enforcement Division). He has served in a variety of capacities with the National Academy of Sciences, including membership on expert panels dealing with alcohol-abuse prevention, violence, school shootings, underage drinking, the deterrent effect of the death penalty, and proactive policing. He served as vice chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice.
Cook's primary focus at the moment is the economics of crime. He is co-director of the NBER Work Group on the Economics of Crime, and co-editor of a NBER volume on crime prevention. Much of his recent research has dealt with the private role in crime prevention. He also has several projects under way in the area of truancy prevention.
Over much of his career, one strand of Cook’s research concerns the prevention of alcohol-related problems through restrictions on alcohol availability. An early article was the first to demonstrate persuasively that alcohol taxes have a direct effect on the death rate of heavy drinkers, and subsequent research demonstrated the moderate efficacy of minimum-purchase-age laws in preventing fatal crashes. Together with Michael J. Moore, he focused on the effects of beer taxes on youthful drinking and the consequences thereof, finding that more restrictive policies result in lower rates of abuse, higher college graduation rates and lower crime rates. His book on the subject is Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, (Princeton University Press, 2007; 2016 in paper).
A second strand has concerned the costs and consequences of the widespread availability of guns, and what might be done about it. His book (with Jens Ludwig), Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), develops and applies a framework for assessing costs that is grounded in economic theory and is quite at odds with the traditional “Cost of Injury” framework. His new book with Kristin A. Goss, The Gun Debate (Oxford University Press 2014) is intended for a general audience seeking an objective assessment of the myriad relevant issues. He is currently heading up a multi-city investigation of the underground gun market, one product of which is a symposium to be published by the RSF Journal in 2017.
Cook has also co-authored two other books: with Charles Clotfelter on state lotteries (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). The Winner-Take-All Society was named a “Notable Book of the Year, 1995” by the New York Times Book Review. It has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Polish, and Korean.
Crime Gun Theft awarded by Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016
Truancy Prevention Project awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2016
Visiting Scholar Russell Sage Foundation awarded by Russell Sage Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015
(95-1044) Effects of Policy Changes on Pregnancy Outcomes awarded by National Institute for Child Health & Human Develo (Co-Principal Investigator). 1996 to 1998
(94-0813) The Development of Demand for Intoxicating Substances awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994
(93-0431) The Development of Demand for Intoxicating Substances awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1994
(93-0654) Causes and Effects of Youthful Drinking awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1994
(91-0842) Causes and Consequences of Youthful Drinking awarded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993
(88-0363) Graduate Fellowship Support Under the Education for the Public Service Program of the Higher Education Act of awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1989
(88-0016) Graduate Fellowship Support awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1988
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Cook, PJ, and Goss, KA. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Cook, PJ, Machin, S, Marie, O, and Mastrobuoni, G. Lessons from the Economics of Crime: What Reduces Offending?. MIT Press, 2013.
Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs. Ed. PJ Cook, J Ludwig, and J McCrary. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Frank, RH, and Cook, PJ. The Winner-Take-All Society. Virgin Books, 2010.
Cook, PJ. Paying the Tab: The Economics of Alcohol Policy. Princeton University Press, 2007.
Evaluating Gun Policy. Ed. J Ludwig and PJ Cook. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003.
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. Guns in America results of a comprehensive national survey on firearms ownership and use. Washington, DC: The Police Foundation, January 1996.
Cook, PJ. Kids, Guns and Public Policy. Ed. PJ Cook. 1996.
Frank, RH, and Cook, PJ. The Winner-Take-All Society. New York: The Free Press, 1995.
Cook, PJ. "The Economics of Crime: An introduction to rational crime analysis by Harold Winter." Journal of Economic Literature 47 (September 2009).
Cook, PJ. "The Demand for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana: International Evidence by S. Selvanathan and E.A. Selvanathan." Addiction 102 (2007): 830-830.
Cook, PJ. "Can Gun Control Work? by James B. Jacobs." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 23 (1).Winter (2004): 198-201.
Cook, PJ. "Drug War Heresies by Robert J. MacCoun and Peter Reuter." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 21 (2).Spring (2002): 303-306.
Cook, PJ. "What Price Fame? by Tyler Cowen." Journal of Economic Literature (September 2001): 933-935.
Cook, PJ. "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Heroin Maintenance Treatment by Felix Gutzwiller and Thomas Steffen." Addiction 96 (2001): 1071-1072.
Cook, PJ. "Reducing Firearm Injury and Death: A public health sourcebook on guns by Trudy Ann Karlson and Stephen W. Hargarten." The New England journal of medicine (February 5, 1998).
Cook, PJ. "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America by Gary Kleck." The New England journal of medicine (February 3, 1994).
Cook, PJ. "Smoking Policy: Law Politics and Culture, Robert L. Rabin and Stephen D. Sugarman, eds." Science 262 (December 10, 1993).
Cook, PJ. "Confronting Drunk Driving: Social Policy for Saving Lives by H. Lawrence Ross." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 18 (1).Spring (1993): 235-237.
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "Elusive Facts About Guns Violence: Where Good Surveys Go Bad." May 19, 2014.
Swanson, JW, Robertson, AG, Frisman, LK, Norko, MA, Lin, HJ, Swartz, MS, and Cook, PJ. "Preventing gun violence involving people with serious mental illness." Reducing Gun Violence in America. Ed. DW Webster and JW Vernick. Johns Hopkins University Press, January 25, 2013.
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "The limited impact of the brady act: Evaluation and implications." Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis. January 1, 2013. 21-32.
Cook, PJ, Machin, S, Marie, O, and Mastrobuoni, G. "Crime economics in its fifth decade." Lessons from the Economics of Crime: What Reduces Offending?. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013. (Chapter)
Gottfredson, D, Cook, PJ, and Na, C. "School-based crime prevention." The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention. Ed. BC Walsh and DP Farrington. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 269-2897. (Chapter)
Clotfelter, CT, and Cook, PJ. "Lotteries in the Real World." The Economics Of Gambling And National Lotteries. Ed. LV Williams. Edgar Elgar Publishers, 2012. (Chapter)
Cook, PJ, Dodge, K, Farkas, G, Fryer, RG, Guryan, J, Ludwig, J, Mayer, SE, Pollack, HA, and Steinberg, L. The (Surprising) Efficacy of Academic and Behavioral Intervention with Disadvantaged Youth: Results from a Randomized Experiment in Chicago. January 2014.
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. Economical Crime Control. November 2010.
Cook, PJ, and Laub, JH. After the epidemic: Recent trends in youth violence in the United States. 2002.
Clotfelter, CT, and Cook, PJ. The Demand for Lottery Products..
Moore, MJ, and Cook, PJ. Habit and Heterogeneity in the Youthful Demand for Alcohol..
Cook, PJ, Ludwig, J, and Samaha, A. Gun Control after Heller: Litigating against Regulation..
Cook, PJ, Ostermann, J, and Sloan, FA. Are Alcohol Excise Taxes Good For Us? Short and Long-Term Effects on Mortality Rates.. Open Access Copy
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. Assigning Deviant Youths to Minimize Total Harm..
Cook, PJ, and MacDonald, J. Public Safety through Private Action: An economic assessment of BIDs, locks, and citizen cooperation..
Cook, PJ. "At Last, a Good Estimate of the Magnitude of the Private-Sale Loophole for Firearms." Annals of internal medicine 166.4 (February 2017): 301-302. Full Text
Cook, PJ, and Kang, S. "Birthdays, Schooling, and Crime: Regression-Discontinuity Analysis of School Performance, Delinquency, Dropout, and Crime Initiation." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 8.1 (January 2016): 33-57. Full Text
Webster, DW, Cerdá, M, Wintemute, GJ, and Cook, PJ. "Epidemiologic Evidence to Guide the Understanding and Prevention of Gun Violence." Epidemiologic reviews 38.1 (January 2016): 1-4. Full Text
Cook, PJ. "Will the Current Crisis in Police Legitimacy Increase Crime? Research Offers a Way Forward." Psychological science in the public interest : a journal of the American Psychological Society 16.3 (December 2015): 71-74. Full Text
Cook, PJ, Parker, ST, and Pollack, HA. "Sources of guns to dangerous people: what we learn by asking them." Preventive medicine 79 (October 2015): 28-36. Full Text
Cook, PJ, Kang, S, Braga, AA, Ludwig, J, and O’Brien, ME. "An Experimental Evaluation of a Comprehensive Employment-Oriented Prisoner Re-entry Program." Journal of Quantitative Criminology 31.3 (September 2015): 355-382. Full Text
Cook, PJ, Harris, RJ, Ludwig, J, and Pollack, HA. "Some sources of crime guns in Chicago: Dirty dealers, straw purchasers, and traffickers." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 104.4 (January 1, 2015): 717-760.
Frattaroli, S, Pollack, KM, Cook, PJ, Salomon, M, Omaki, E, and Gielen, AC. "Public opinion concerning residential sprinkler systems for 1- and 2-family homes." Injury epidemiology 2.1 (January 2015): 27-.
., . "Kids, Guns, and Public Policy." Ed. PJ Cook. Law and contemporary problems 59.1 (1996). (Journal issue)
., . "Vice." Ed. PJ Cook. Law and Contemporary Problems (1988). (Journal issue)
., . "Valuing Lives: When and How Should Society Spend its Scarce Resources to Decrease Mortality." Ed. PJ Cook and JW Vaupel. Law and contemporary problems (1976). (Journal issue)
Cook, PJ, and Leitzel, JA. "Gun Control."
Cook, PJ, Machin, S, Marie, O, and Mastrobuoni, G. "Crime Economics in Its Fifth Decade." 2013.
., . "Explaining the growth in the prison population." Wiley: 24 months, February 2009.
Cook, PJ. "Crime CRIME IN THE CITY." 2009.
Cook, PJ. "The Social Costs of Drinking." The Expert Meeting on the Negative Social Consequences of Alcohol Abuse. Oslo, Norway: Norewegian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 1991.
Cook, PJ. "Discussion (on Martin Bailey's paper on Safety Decisions and Insurance)." May 1978.
Clotfelter, C, Cook, and Philip J., . State Lotteries at the Turn of the Century: Report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. June 1, 1999. Open Access Copy
Cook, PJ, and Scharff, AS. Recommendations Concerning Administration and Rate Structure for Excise Taxation in Romania. August 1994.
Cook, PJ. The Effect of Gun Availability on Violent Crime Patterns. USGPO, May 1982.
Cook, PJ, and Kang, S. "Birthdays, Schooling, and Crime: New Evidence on the Dropout-Crime Nexus." (February 2013). Open Access Copy
Cook, PJ. "How we can reduce gun violence?." Chronicle of Higher Education (January 8, 2013). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ. "Gun Point." Times of India - Education Times (December 24, 2012). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ. "Craig Whitney's Living With Guns." New York Times (August 26, 2012). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ. "Commentary: Evidence from a high-income country." Addiction (2012). (Scholarly Commentary)
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "More prisoners vs. more crime is the wrong question." Brookings Policy Brief (December 2011). (Scholarly Commentary)
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "How to cut gun death toll." CNN.com (January 12, 2011). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "Five myths about gun control." Washington Post (June 13, 2010). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ, and Ludwig, J. "Will wider availability of guns improve public safety? No." CQ Researcher (October 31, 2008). (Editorial Comment)
Cook, PJ. "OpEd." The News & Observer (Raleigh) (March 1, 2007). (Editorial Comment)