• Phone: 617-358-5725
  • E-Mail:  tsimcoe@bu.edu
  • Website: http://people.bu.edu/tsimcoe
  • Office: 641
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    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.
  • 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 DS925 A1 Models & Methods for Causal Inference in Strategy Research

    GSM SI845 F1 Technology Strategy

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

    GSM SI917 A1 Research Seminar in Technology

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      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.

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

    Book Chapters:

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

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

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

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

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

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

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

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

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

      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).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

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


      National, Public/Community, Senior Economist, President's Council of Economic Advisers. (July 15, 2014 - July 15, 2015).

    Service to the Profession:

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

  • 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).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

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

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

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

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