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]

Philip J. Cook
Philip Jackson Cook

(1946-10-15) October 15, 1946 (age 73)
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1973)
Known forResearch on the economics of gun violence, alcohol abuse, and other subjects
AwardsMember of the Institute of Medicine since 2001, honorary fellow of the American Society of Criminology
Scientific career
FieldsEconomics, criminology
InstitutionsSanford School of Public Policy at Duke University


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.

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.

Cook was awarded the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his research on gun violence.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • 2007: Paying the Tab: The Economics of Alcohol Policy ISBN 9780691125206
  • 1989, 1991(paperback), with Charles T. Clotfelter: Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America ISBN 0674800982, ISBN 978-0674800984
  • 1996, with Robert H. Frank: The Winner-Take-All Society ISBN 9780140259957
  • 1987, Cook P. J . (1987), ‘Robbery Violence’, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology , 78: 357–76.


  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.
  4. ^ "2020 winners of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology - Stockholm University". 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2019-12-14.

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