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    Questrom School of Business
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    Boston, MA 02215


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.
  • 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.

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      Simcoe, T., Shapiro, C., Menell, P., & Graham, S. (In Press). Final Report of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Patent Damages Workshop. Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.

      Freedman, L., Cockburn, I. M., & Simcoe, T. (2015). The Economics of Reproducibility in Preclinical Research. PLOS Biology, 13 (6), e1002165.
      See Publication Online

      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, 36, 1-3.

      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.

      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.

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

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

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

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Simcoe, T., Harhoff, D., & Stoll, T. Industry Standards as Innovation Inputs. Research Policy.

      Simcoe, T., & Righi, C. Specialization in Patent Examination. Research Policy.


      Simcoe, T., & Shampine, A. (In Press). Economics of Patents and Standardization: Network Effects, Hold-up, Hold-out, Stacking. In Jorge Contreras (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law (Vol 1). United States: Cambridge University Press.

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

      Simcoe, T. (2013). Governing the Anti-commons: Institutional Design for Standard Setting Organizations. In Innovation Policy and the Economy (Vol 14). Cambridge United States: National Bureau of Economic Research.

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

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



      Simcoe, T. (Panelist). The Returns to Federal Investments in the Innovation System, What are the social returns to direct private-sector innovation support?, National Academies of Science, Washington, DC. (December 15, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Presenter Only). DRUID 2016, DRUID Debate on Identification, Copenhagen. (June 14, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Presenter & Author). Declared Essential Patents, Drexel University, Philadephia, PA. (April 14, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Presenter & Author). How Do Tax Credits Affect R&D Expenditures by Small Firms? Evidence from Canada, Columbia University School of Business, New York. (April 12, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Presenter & Author). Differentiation in Adoption of Environmental Standards: LEED 2000 to 2014, Washington University, Saint Louis. (March 22, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Presenter & Author). Hoover Institution IP2 Conference, Declared Essential Patents, Hoover Institution, Standard University. (January 10, 2016).

      Simcoe, T. (Author Only). National and International Intellectual Property Practices and Policies, National Academies Panel, National Academies, Washington DC. (December 11, 2015).

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

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

  • GENERAL SERVICEOpen or Close


      QST, PhD Program, Faculty Director. (September 1, 2015 - Present).
      Lead PhD PDC and oversee program activities.


      International, Professional/To the Academy, Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal, Global Biological Standards Institute Scientific Advisory Committee . (September 1, 2015 - Present).

      National, Professional/To the Academy, Senior Economist, President's Council of Economic Advisers. (July 15, 2014 - July 15, 2015).


    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).


    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).

  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    Distinguished Mentor Award, BU Questrom Doctoral Students Association, Teaching. (May 16, 2016).

    BU Questrom Full Time MBA Class of 2016, Favorite Elective Professor, Teaching. (May 16, 2016).

    John Russell Excellence in Teaching Award, BU Executive MBA Program, Teaching. (May 16, 2013).

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