Philip J. Cook

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Philip Jackson Cook
Born (1946-10-15) October 15, 1946 (age 70)
Buffalo, New York
Fields Economics, criminology
Institutions Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1973)
Known for Research on the economics of gun violence, alcohol abuse, and other subjects
Notable awards Member of the Institute of Medicine since 2001, honorary fellow of the American Society of Criminology

Philip Jackson Cook (born October 15, 1946) is the ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in the United States. He also holds faculty appointments in Duke's departments of sociology, and economics. His research has focused on crime and criminal justice policy; weapons and violent crime; health and safety regulation including alcohol taxation and the societal costs of drinking; the economics of state lotteries; and income distribution.[1]


Cook is the author of Gun Violence: The Real Costs, a book published by Oxford University Press, that presents gun violence from an economic perspective. He has also edited Evaluating Gun Policy, which was published in 2003 by the Brookings Institution. Cook's most recent book is The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Philip J. Cook has served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice. He has also been on National Academy of Science panels, including the 1994 panel on "Understanding and Control of Violent Behavior",[2] 1981 panel on "Alternative Policies Affecting the Prevention of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism",[3] among others.

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  1. ^ "Cook - CV". Duke University. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Understanding and Preventing Violence, Volume 3: Social Influences". National Academy of Sciences. 1994. 
  3. ^ "Alcohol and Public Policy: Beyond the Shadow of Prohibition". National Academy of Sciences. 1981. 

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