Over the years, I have benefited from many individuals who have worked as either co-authors, mentors, or assistants. As noted above, Phil Cook deserves the most thanks for inspiring me to work on this important topic and suggesting an early solution. He continues to be a mentor to me when I need him. Perhaps the person I have learned the most from over the years is Ted Miller, who is one of the world's leading experts on the cost of automobile crashes-for that matter, the cost of just about anything. I have teamed up with Ted on several occasions and have learned much from him. Special thanks must also go to current and former staff of the National Institute of Justice who have supported and encouraged much of my work in this area, especially Akiva Lieberman, Lois Mock, Richard Titus, Ed Zedlewski, and Betty Chemers. Jeff Roth, currently at the University of Pennsylvania's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, deserves thanks for his leadership role in commissioning a paper on the cost of violence for the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Violence Research in the early 1990s.
Economists who delve into the criminology literature can often be looked upon with suspicion or simply ignored by mainstream criminologists. I have not found that to be the case. Instead, I have received nothing but encouragement, suggestions, citations, intellectually stimulating discussions, and critiques from some of the luminaries in the field, with special thanks to Al Blumstein, David Farrington, Daniel Nagin, and Larry Sherman. They have helped legitimize the use of “cost-of-crime” estimates and benefit-cost analysis in the criminal justice world.
Other co-authors and colleagues who deserve thanks include Roger Bowles, Adele Harrell, Colin Loftin, Cynthia McDougall, Roland Rust, Shelli Rossman, Sara Steen, Brian Wierseman, and Simon Tidd. Very capable research assistance has been provided by numerous students and researchers, including Gabrielle Chapman, Caterina Gouvis, Lisa Newmark, Achintya Ray, Naomi Limor Sedek, Mihir Shah, and Afsoun Yazdian. Special thanks to Robin, who over the years has been a wonderful proof-reader as well as soulmate. Finally, to both Robin and Jenny, who have put up with my many long hours working at home on evenings and weekends … thanks for being so supportive.