Philip J. Cook: A Life of Scholarship on Bad Behavior

April 21, 2017
11:45 AM-5:45 PM

Colleagues and former students of Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke, will discuss Cook’s impact on “Crime and Public Safety” and “Valuing Life and Liberty” during this Festschrift. 
Speakers include Robert Frank, Cornell University; Jim Leitzel and Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago; Mark Moore, Harvard University; Rosalie Pacula, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Jim Vaupel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research; Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University; and Kristin Goss and Charles Clotfelter of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
When he came to Duke University in 1973, Cook was one of the first faculty members hired at what was then called the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs. He helped develop the master’s degree program in public policy.  He was director of the institute from 1985 -89 and also chair of the department of public policy studies.  From 1997 -99, he was director of the renamed Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.  When the institute became a school in 2009, Cook was named senior associate dean and served until 2013.  He is a faculty fellow at the Center for Child and Family Policy and a research scholar with the DuPRI Population Research Center. He plans to retire in Spring 2017 after 44 years at the university.
His substantive interests include topics in public health and social policy: alcohol and tobacco control, crime prevention, firearms regulation, state lotteries, structural influences on educational achievement, and sources of growing economic inequality. His research contributions include the first use of “diff in diff” evaluations of policy change using panel regression methods (1982 and 1984, with George Tauchen), and (with Daniel Graham) the development of the normative theory of irreplaceable commodities.
Cook served as an advisor to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and to the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Department of Treasury. He also served on a number of expert panels of the National Academy of Sciences, dealing with alcohol-abuse prevention, injury control, violence, school rampage shootings, underage drinking, the prospects for a ballistics reference data base, the deterrent effect of the death sentence, tax evasion for tobacco products, and proactive policing. He serves as co-organizer of the NBER Workshop on the Economics of Crime.
He has authored or co-authored a number of books on such topics as growing inequality of earnings, alcohol control policy, state lotteries, crime control, and the costs of gun violence. His most recent book, co-authored with Kristin Goss, is The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014). His Paying the Tab (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. His book with Robert H. Frank, The Winner-Take-All Society (The Free Press, 1995) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and is available in Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Polish editions.Cook was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. He is an honorary Fellow in both the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.
Please join us for a reception immediately after the event.