Research Interests

Prof Seamans’ research studies how technology, governance, and market structure affect strategic interactions between firms, affect incentives to innovate, and shape market outcomes. Most of Prof. Seaman’ research settings are industries characterized by two-sided markets, including cable TV, credit cards, Internet, newspapers, telecommunications, and other technology-focused industries. Prof. Seamans’ research focuses on the effect of AI, robots, and other types of automation on firm strategy, productivity, and labor market outcomes.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Joost Rietveld, Robert Seamans and Katia Meggiorin. Forthcoming. Market Orchestrators: The Effect of Platform Certification on Complementor Performance and Behavior in the Context of Kiva. Strategy Science.
Ed Felten, Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Occupational, Industry, and Geographic Exposure to Artificial Intelligence: A Novel Dataset and Its Potential Uses. Strategic Management Journal.
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.
Evan Rawley and Robert Seamans. 2020. Co-location and Productivity: Evidence from Census Microdata. Strategic Management Journal, 41 (10), 1770-1798.
Aaron Chatterji, Jiao Luo and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Competition between Organizational Forms: Banks vs. Credit Unions after the Financial Crisis. Organization Science. (Accepted June 18, 2020) 
Geraldo Cerqueiro, M. Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Debtor Protection and Business Dynamism. Journal of Law and Economics. (Accepted April 2019)
Yongwook Paik, Sukhun and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Political Competition: How the Public Sector Helps the Sharing Economy Create Value. Strategic Management Journal. (Accepted January 2018)
Timothy Bates, William Bradford and Robert Seamans. Forthcoming. Minority Entrepreneurship in Twenty-First Century America. Small Business Economics. (Accepted May 2017)
Geraldo Cerqueiro, Deepak Hegde, María Fabiana Penas and Robert Seamans. 2017. Debtor Rights, Credit Supply, and Innovation. Management Science. 63(10): 3311–3327
Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2017.  Repositioning and Cost Cutting: The Impact of Competition on Platform Strategies. Strategy Science. 2(2): 83-99. [Lead Article].
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. [Lead Article].
Alicia Robb and Robert Seamans. 2014. The Role of R&D in Entrepreneurial Finance. Advances in Strategic Management (Special Issue on Finance and Strategy). 31: 341-373.
Robert Seamans and Feng Zhu. 2014. Responses to Entry in Multi-Sided Markets: The Impact of Craigslist on Local Newspapers. Management Science. 60(2): 476-493.
Robert Seamans. 2013. Threat of Entry, Asymmetric Information and Pricing. Strategic Management Journal. 34(4): 426-444.
Aaron Chatterji and Robert Seamans. 2012. Entrepreneurship, Credit Cards and Race. Journal of Financial Economics. 106(1): 182-195.
Robert Seamans. 2012. Fighting City Hall: Entry Deterrence and Technology Deployment in the Cable TV Industry. Management Science. 58(3): 461-475. [Lead Article]

Selected press for published papers:
ABC, Ars Technica, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, CBS, Daily Beast, Economic Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MSN, The Nation, The New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, others.


Non Peer Reviewed Publications

Derrick Choe, Alex Oettl and Robert Seamans. 2020. What’s Driving Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Transport Sector? NBER.
James E. Bessen , Stephen Impink, Lydia Reichensperger, and Robert Seamans. 2019. The Business of AI Startups. Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper. 
Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. 2019. Automation. Oxford Bibliographies in Management, DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199846740-0172.
Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. 2019. Primer on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Journal of Organizational Design, 8(11).
Jason Furman and Robert Seamans. 2019. AI and the Economy. NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy, 19: 161-191.
Timothy Bates, William Bradford and Robert Seamans. 2018. Minority Entrepreneurship in Twenty- First Century America (Introduction to Special Issue: Minority Entrepreneurship in 21st Century America). Small Business Economics, 50(3): 415-427
Ed Felten, Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. 2018.A Method to Link Advances in Artificial Intelligence to Occupational Abilities. American Economic Association Papers & Proceedings, 108: 54-57. 
Manav Raj and Robert Seamans. 2018. AI, Labor, Productivity, and the Need for Firm-Level Data. In NBER Economics of Artificial Intelligence, eds. Ajay Agrawal, Joshua S. Gans and Avi Goldfarb, University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
Samuel Himel and Robert Seamans. 2017. Artificial Intelligence, Incentives to Innovate, and Competition Policy. Antitrust Chronicle.Fall 2017 Vol 1(3).