Questrom School of Business
Timothy Simcoe’s research covers topics in innovation, technology, intellectual property, and corporate strategy. He has consulted for major corporations in the information technology sector. During 2014 and 2015, Professor Simcoe served as a senior economist on President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an editor at several journals, including Management Science.
|The Business Roundtable’s new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation indicates a shift away from shareholder value maximization as the sole purpose of the corporation and toward a broader view of value creation.
This shift will have material impact on the well-being of U.S. workers.
|Agree||7||“One can debate the causes, but it's clear that the era of shareholder capitalism — starting with Friedman's op-ed, or maybe Reagan's election — has not been great for U.S. labor, especially compared to capital or top-percentile earners. I hope that this statement reflects a less credulous view of welfare economics among the next generation of top managers.”|
|In the next decade, we will see the first sustainably profitable private commercial activities in space.||Strongly Agree||8||“I believe OneWeb (and possibly other private satellite networks) stands a reasonable chance of generating sustainable profits.”|
|Introducing 5G networks 3-5 years ahead of other countries will give Chinese firms an advantage.||Strongly Disagree||8||“Which Chinese firms? Not the carriers, for whom competition is local. Not device makers, for whom 5G (because it’s a standard) will not be a differentiating feature. Maybe infrastructure producers, like Huawei or ZTE, but it looks like security concerns will harm them in the U.S., and their real advantage in addressable markets is cost-based.”|
|The increase in stock market volatility that began in 2018 will last for another three to five years.||Agree||3||“My confidence is low on any question about market forecasting. But a working hypothesis is that current volatility reflects some combination of political uncertainties and the length of the expansion. I see few signs that politics will get less volatile over the next few years.”|
|A hard Brexit will have a significant negative impact on many businesses, even if they do not have a U.K. or European presence.||Disagree||3||“Hard to see the impacts without some sort of ‘presence,’ even though Brexit is clearly bad news for supply chains that run through the British Isles.”|
|China is no longer the most attractive growth opportunity for Western multinationals.||Agree||7||“For companies already in China, its slowing growth rate, political and regulatory risks, and long-standing concerns over IP theft make it look worse at the margin. But for companies not in China (which rules out most ‘Western multinationals’), the opportunity remains impossible to ignore.”|
|In the next five years, the blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets.||Agree||6|
|In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change.||Strongly Disagree||8||“Industry may be able to help society ‘innovate’ its way out of the worst climate change scenarios, but there is little evidence that self-regulation could provide an effective substitute for environmental policies that come with a credible threat of enforcement. Some industry-led programs may work well when there is ‘demand for green’ — but they will not be enough.”|
|Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit.||Neither Agree nor Disagree||1||“I am no expert in the reputational impacts of raising wages (or not), but in the current labor market, it will be hard to distinguish ‘responding to Amazon’ from a competitive price.”|
|Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas.||Disagree||5||“Literature says skilled immigrants boost U.S. firms’ foreign investment, so the relationship likely goes the other way. Without skills, however, no reason to think this implies more domestic investment.”|
|Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable.||Disagree||2||“All of my Uber drivers are now multi-homing. That’s a short-term problem. In the long-term, it’s hard to see Uber making the switch from competing for drivers to competing with them.”|
|A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers.||Strongly Agree||8||“Price increases will be shared between firms and consumers. Most firms will not pass through 100% of a cost increase. But the disruption to global supply chains will be felt more keenly by business.”|
|Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data.||Disagree||7||“For most businesses, real constraint is data availability, data quality, and knowing what to do with it. Privacy will not be the binding constraint.”|