Economics of Crime and Security, Public-Private Partnerships, Privatization of Government Services,  Evaluation of Public and Private Projects


Simon Hakim is professor of economics and the director of the Center for Competitive Government at Temple University. He earned an M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a M.Sc. degree in City and Regional Planning from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His special areas of research and teaching are economics of privatization and Public-Private-Partnerships, economics of crime and security, private/public police, and homeland security. Dr. Hakim published 65-refereed articles in leading economic, criminal justice, security, and public policy journals. He wrote over forty professional articles and edited 20 books. He co-authored a major textbook on the electronic security industry. He is invited to teach classes on privatization, and international economics in MBA programs worldwide.

Dr. Hakim conducted several funded research and consulting projects on PPP, security, and public finance issues for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Independent Institute, the Alarm Industry Research and Education Foundation, the private prison industry, cities like Philadelphia, Newark, and New Castle County, DE, the Philadelphia International Airport, ADT, Vector Security, law firms, and other leading security companies. For the complete CV, see below. 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Recent Refereed Article

Recent Books


Authored Book

  • Securing Home and Business: A Guide to the Electronic Security Industry. (With E. Blackstone), Butterworth-Heinemann Publishers, Boston, MA. 1996. Download.

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • International Trade
  • Economics of PPP and Privatization
  • Economics of Crime and Security
  • Regional and Urban Economics