• 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, technology, intellectual property and corporate strategy. He is an expert in the area of standards and standards development. He has consulted for major corporations in the information technology sector. In 2014-15, Professor Simcoe had the privilege to serve as a Senior Economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has previously worked at the University of Toronto and Ernst & Young LLP.

Tim Simcoe received his A.B. in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard University, and he also holds an M.A. in Economics and a 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, and an editor at several journals, including Management Science.

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

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

    AB, Harvard College, Applied Mathematics, 1996.

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    Journal Articles:

      Agrawal, A., Graham, S., Rysman, M., Simcoe, T., (2014). Industry Standards, Intellectual Property and Innovation: Introduction to the Special Issue. International Journal of Industrial Organization,

      Simcoe, T., Toffel, M., Simcoe, T., (2014). Government Green Procurement Spillovers: Evidence from Municipal Building Policies in California. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 3(68), 411-434.

      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:

      Simcoe, T., Rysman, M., Wang, Y., Differentiation in Adoption of Environmental Standards: LEED from 2000 to 2010.

      Agrawal, A., Rosell, C., Simcoe, T., Tax Credits and Small Firm R&D Spending.

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    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).

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    Service to the Profession:

      National, Professional, President's Council of Economic Advisers. (July 27, 2013 - July 26, 2015).

  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    Simcoe, T., Journal of Industrial Economics, Associate Editor, International, Standing Editorship (Edited Multiple Publications), Appointed, Academic. (September 1, 2013 - Present).

    Simcoe, T., Management Science, Associate Editor, International, Standing Editorship (Edited Multiple Publications), Appointed, Academic. (January 1, 2012 - Present).

  • Academic, Military and Professional PositionsOpen or Close

    Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers. (July 27, 2014 - July 26, 2015).

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management . (July 1, 2004 - July 1, 2009).

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