Duncan Simester


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Duncan Simester is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he holds the NTU Chair in Management Science. He is an expert on how economics and artificial intelligence can contribute to the understanding and practice of marketing and strategy. His work is widely published in the academic literature. The studies rely heavily on industry participation, and often include large-scale field experiments conducted with cooperating firms. Simester regularly consults with a variety of organizations on topics related to marketing strategy, go-to-market strategies, and the use of artificial intelligence and experiments to improve business decisions.

Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, Duncan was a professor at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a qualified lawyer and member of the bar in his native New Zealand.

Duncan holds a PhD from MIT.


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"A Sample Size Calculation for Training and Certifying Targeting Policies."

Simester, Duncan, Artem Timoshenko, and Spyros I. Zoumpoulis. Management Science. Forthcoming.

"Canary Categories."

Anderson, Eric, Chaoqun Chen, Ayelet Israeli, and Duncan Simester. Journal of Marketing Research. Forthcoming.

"How Retailers Became Ad Platforms."

Gabel, Sebastian, Duncan Simester, and Artem Timoshenko. Harvard Business Review, June 17, 2024.

"Belief Disagreement and Portfolio Choice."

Meeuwis, Maarten, Jonathan A. Parker, Antoinette Schoar, and Duncan I. Simester. Journal of Finance Vol. 77, No. 6 (2022): 3191-3247. SSRN Preprint.

"The Short and Long-Run Impact of Empowering Customers in Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives."

​Donnelly, Grant E., Michael I. Norton, and Duncan Simester. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol. 192, (2021): 616-637.

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