Duncan Simester


Duncan Simester


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.


"Field Experiments in Marketing (Volume 1)."

Simester, Duncan. In Handbook of Economic Field Experiments, edited by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, 465-497. Holland, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2017.

"The Lost Art of Thinking in Large Organizations."

Simester, Duncan. MIT Sloan Management Review, July 2016.

"Decision Stages and Asymmetries in Regular Retail Price Pass-through."

Mcshane, Blakeley B., Chaoqun Chen, Eric T. Anderson, and Duncan Simester. Marketing Science Vol. 35, No. 4 (2016): 619-639.

"Why Great New Products Fail."

Simester, Duncan. MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2016.

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