Philip Cook

Phillip Cook

Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Sociology, Duke University

Areas of Expertise

  • Alcohol and violence
  • Economics of crime
  • Cost of gun availability
  • Consequences of gun availability


Philip Cook, Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Sociology at Duke University, is an expert in the economics of crime, the prevention of alcohol-related problems and the cost and consequences of gun availability.

Cook is the co-director of the NBER Work Group on the Economics of Crime and has consulted with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the National Academy of Sciences. He served as the director and chair of Duke’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy, 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.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and is the author of Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control, Gun Violence: The Real Costs and The Gun Debate.

Cook received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. from the University of Michigan.