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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

  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Game Theory
  • 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

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Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Work

In a podcast interview, Professor Robert Seamans shares his outlook on AI's impact on the economy

A Primer on Regulating Big Tech

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The Competitive Landscape of AI Startups

Professor Robert Seamans' joint research on the impact of innovation on labor markets is featured

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Areas of Expertise


  • Entrepreneurship


  • Telecommunications


  • Corporate Strategy