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Robert Seamans

Robert Seamans

Joined Stern 2009

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-58
New York, NY 10012

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Robert Seamans (PhD, UC Berkeley) is an Associate Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in game theory and strategy. Professor Seamans’ research focuses on how firms use technology in their strategic interactions with each other, and also focuses on the economic consequences of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies. His research has been published in leading academic journals and been cited in numerous outlets including The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others. In 2015, Professor Seamans was appointed as the Senior Economist for technology and innovation on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

Research Interests

  • Business strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Public Policy

Courses Taught

  • AI and Risk Management
  • Applied Regression and Econometrics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Game Theory
  • Strategic Management of AI
  • Strategy

Academic Background

B.A., English
Reed College

Yale School of Management

M.A., Economics
Boston University

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

Awards & Appointments

Best Paper Academy of Management 2018
Best Paper, Runner-Up Management Science 2015
Best Paper Academy of Management 2015
BPS Distinguished Paper Award Academy of Management 2013
Best Paper for Practice Implications Strategic Management Society 2013
Best Paper Academy of Management 2013
Kauffman Firm Survey Best Paper Award Academy of Management 2011
Kauffman Foundation Promising Paper Award 2011
est Dissertation in Competition Policy UC Berkeley 2010
Hayase Award for Service to PhD Students 2007

Selected Publications

Joost Rietveld, Robert Seamans and Katia Meggiorin (2021)
Market Orchestrators: The Effects of Certification on Platforms and Their Complementors
Strategy Science, 6(3):244-264

K. Francis Park, Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu (2021)
Multi-homing and Platform Strategies: Historical Evidence from the U.S. Newspaper Industry
Strategic Management Journal, 42 (4), 684- 709

Aaron Chatterji, Jiao Luo and Robert Seamans (2021)
Competition between Organizational Forms: Banks vs. Credit Unions after the Financial Crisis
Organization Science, 32(3):568-586.

Evan Rawley and Robert Seamans (2020)
Co-location and Productivity: Evidence from Census Microdata
Strategic Management Journal, 41 (10), 1770-1798.

Yongwook Paik, Sukhun Kang and Robert Seamans (2019)
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Political Competition: How the Public Sector Helps the Sharing Economy Create Value
Strategic Management Journal, 40(4): 503-532

Geraldo Cerqueiro, M. Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans (2019)
Debtor Protection and Business Dynamism
Journal of Law and Economics, 62 (3): 521-549

Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu (2017)
Repositioning and Cost Cutting: The Impact of Competition on Platform Strategies
Strategy Science, 2(2): 83-99

Geraldo Cerqueiro, Deepak Hegde, María Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans (2017)
Debtor Rights, Credit Supply, and Innovation
Management Science, 63(10): 3311–3327.

Jason Chan, Anindya Ghose and Robert Seamans (2016)
Internet and Hate Crime: Offline Spillovers from Online Access.
MIS Quarterly,4(2): 381-403.

Victor Bennett, Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu (2015)
Cannibalization and Option Value Effects of Secondary Markets: Evidence from the US Concert Industry
Strategic Management Journal, 36(11): 1599-1614.

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Robot Census: Gathering Data to Improve Policymaking on New Technologies

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In a radio interview, Professor Robert Seamans discusses his research with PhD student Michael Impink on the impact of AI on the human workforce

Professor Robert Seamans' recent comments on how to effectively reduce the digital divide are mentioned

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In a Q&A interview, Professor Robert Seamans discusses whether the Small Business Administration loan programs can be effective as a response to the COVID-19 crisis

Stimulus Funds Should Be Delivered Via Mobile Payments

Professor Robert Seamans concludes that current research is insufficient to support conclusions about how universal basic income might function on a larger scale

5 Reasons the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Should’ve Been Rejected—And Will Raise Your Phone Bill

Is the Human Workforce Doomed with the Rise of AI? New Research Says Fears Are Overblown

In an Q&A interview, Professor Robert Seamans notes that companies that don’t embrace AI are putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage

Will AI Stimulate The Cooling Economy? Not Any Time Soon

The ACCESS Act Promises to Benefit Consumers

In a joint court filing, Professors Nicholas Economides, Thomas Philippon, Robert Seamans and Lawrence White argue against the U.S. Department of Justice's Sprint/T-Mobile merger proposal

Professor Robert Seamans is quoted in a story on the importance of understanding AI logic in strategic management

Professor Robert Seamans' participation in a Senate Judiciary tech task force panel on data portability led by Senator Marsha Blackburn is cited

In a contributed article, Professor Robert Seamans and PhD candidate Manav Raj share insights from their research on AI's impact on various occupations

Areas of Expertise


  • Entrepreneurship


  • Telecommunications


  • Corporate Strategy