• Phone: 617-358-5725
  • E-Mail:  tsimcoe@bu.edu
  • Website: http://people.bu.edu/tsimcoe
  • Office: 641
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Professor Simcoe’s research covers topics in innovation, science and technology policy, intellectual property and corporate strategy. He is an expert in the area of compatibility standards. He has previously worked at the University of Toronto and Ernst & Young LLP.

Professor Simcoe received his A.B. in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

  • Education Open or Close

    Ph D, University of California, Berkeley, Business Administration, 2004.

    MA, University of California, Berkeley, Economics, 2003.

    AB, Harvard College, Applied Mathematics, 1996.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM DS999 D1 Dissertation

    GSM SI751 P1 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy

    GSM SI915 A1 Models & Methods for Causal Inference in Strategy Research

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      Rawley, E., Simcoe, T., (2013). Information, Knowledge and Asset Ownership in Taxicab Fleets. Organization Science, 3(24), 831-845.

      Farrell, J., Simcoe, T., (2012). Choosing the Rules for Consensus Standardization. RAND Journal of Economics, 43(2), 235-252.

      Simcoe, T., (2012). Standard Setting Committees: Consensus Governance for Shared Technology Platforms. American Economic Review, 102(1), 305-336.

      Simcoe, T., (2012). Private and Public Approaches to Patent Holdup in Industry Standard-Setting. Antitrust Bulletin, 57(1), 59-88.

      Simcoe, T., Waguespack, D., (2011). Status, Quality and Attention: What's in a (Missing) Name?. Management Science, 57(2), 274-290.

      Rysman, M., Simcoe, T., (2011). A NAASTy Alternative to RAND Pricing Commitments. Telecommunications Policy, 35(11), 1010-1017.

      Galasso, A., Simcoe, T., (2011). CEO Overconfidence and Innovation. Management Science, 57(8), 1469-1484.

      Rawley, E., Simcoe, T., (2010). Diversification, Vertical Contracting and Diseconomies of Scope: Evidence from the Taxicab Industry. Management Science, 56(9), 1534-1550.

      Mehta, A., Rysman, M., Timothy, S., Simcoe, T., (2010). Identifying the Age Profile of Patent Citations: New Estimates of Knowledge Diffusion. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 25(7), 1179-1204.

      Simcoe, T., Graham, S. J., Feldman, M., (2009). Competing on Standards? Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and Platform Technologies.. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 18(3), 775-816.

      Rysman, M., Simcoe, T., (2008). Patents and the Performance of Voluntary Standard Setting Organizations. Management Science, 54(11), 1920-1934.

      Mowery, D., Simcoe, T., (2002). Is the Internet a US Invention? An Economic and Technological History of Computer Networking. Research Policy, 31(8-9), 1369-1387.

    Book Chapters:

      Simcoe, T., (2013). Innovation Policy and the Economy, in Governing the Anti-commons: Institutional Design for Standard Setting Organizations Cambridge: National Bureau of Economic Research.


      Simcoe, T., (2013). The Economics of Digitization: An Agenda, in Modularity and the Evolution of the Internet, Avi Goldfarb, Shane Greenstein, and Catherine Tucker , Cambridge: National Bureau of Economic Research.


      Farrell, J., Simcoe, T., (2012). "Four Paths to Compatibility" The Oxford Handbook of the Digital Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp Chapter 2.


      Simcoe, T., (2006). Open Standards and Intellectual Property Rights, : Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm.


    Working Papers:

      Gertler, P., Simcoe, T., Disease Management: Helping Patients (Who Don't) Help Themselves. : Working Paper.


      Agrawal, A., Rosell, C., Simcoe, T., How Do Tax Credits Affect R&D Expenditures by Small Firms? Evidence from Canada.

      Simcoe, T., Toffel, M., Simcoe, T., Toffel, M., Public Procurement and the Private Supply of "Green" Buildings.. : NBER Working Paper 18385.


  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      Simcoe, T., (Author Only), Sixth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, Panel on Competition Policy and Intellectual Property, Northwestern University Searle Center, Chicago, Ill.. (September 20, 2013).

      Simcoe, T., (Presenter & Author), Munich Information and Communications Technology Conference, Intellectual Property and Industry Standards, Max Planck Institute, Munich Germany. (October 14, 2013).

      Simcoe, T., (Panelist), Biotechnology and Standards Workshop, Lessons from ICT Standardization, MIT. (October 1, 2013).

      Simcoe, T., (Presenter Only), European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference, Standards Essential Patents, Leuven Belgium. (September 27, 2012).

      Simcoe, T., (Panelist), FTC 2012 Workshop on Patent Assertion Entities, Potential Benefits of Patent Assertion Entities, US Federal Trade Commission. (December 10, 2012).