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About Economics Athletes

Our mission is to improve the lives of athletes using economics, data, and science.

Many pro sports teams use data science experts, who analyze data to make more informed decisions and better utilize time and resources.  These teams often can improve player and team outcomes, simply by using economics, data, science!  Recent research and applications are at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.


We believe all athletes - from youth to senior - should have access to the best available knowledge and resources.  In addition, we believe that the access should come at an affordable cost!

Economics Athletes partners with local education and sports institutions to host events, produce content, and otherwise bring the best available sports performance knowledge and resources to current athletes.  We are trusted to deliver by athletes of all ages, including youth, high school, college, and adults.  Click here for a full list of Economics Athletes partners.

If interested in partnering, kindly email with your name and request!

Visit the Economics Athletes blog for our online content.


Mickey Ferri, PhD

Founder and President

Mickey Ferri, Ph.D., founded Economics Athletes in 2018 in San Diego, CA.  Mickey is a lifelong athlete, and he holds a Ph.D. in Economics.  Dr. Ferri has years of experience (1) competing in track & field and running, (2) coaching runners, and (3) consulting for professional sports organizations.

Currently, Dr. Ferri (aka "Coach Mickey") coaches sprints and relays at Del Norte High School in San Diego, CA.  In addition, Dr. Ferri is a Board Member at USATF San Diego, where he serves as Communications Chair.

Mickey trains and competes as member of the San Diego Track Club.  His goals are to consistently improve as a runner at at every distance from the 100m to the marathon, and to be an effective coach for sprinters and runners of all distances.  His best performances in 2018-20 include:

  1. 100m (12.21)

  2. 200m (24.98)

  3. 400m (59.24)

  4. 1600m (5:25 PR)

  5. 5k (20:47 PR)

  6. 8 mile (1:07:56.8 PR)

  7. Half marathon (1:48:15 PR)

When he is not running and coaching, Dr. Ferri is an expert in applied business economics at Insight Economics, where he applies his economics expertise in law, business, and data analysis.​  Previously, Dr. Ferri cofounded Enflux, a YCombinator company that makes motion capture products for health care, sports, and entertainment.  Dr. Ferri has also worked as an economist at Intensity (Quant Economics), where he consulted for professional sports organizations related to the NBA, MLB, and NFL.

Dr. Ferri earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, where he researched the economics of sports and entertainment under professors including Steve Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics.  He served as sprints coach on the UChicago track & field team for two years under Coach Chris Hall.  Mickey earned a B.A. from Tufts University, graduating summa cum laude with triple majors in mathematics, quantitative economics, and computer science.  At Tufts, Mickey competed on the track & field team for four years.  His college PRs include: 11.17 (100m), 22.45 (200m), and 42.45 (4x100m relay).

Mickey lives in San Diego, CA with his wife, Kendra, and daughter, Renée.  He is the grandson of NBA Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes and nephew of NBA 18 year center Danny Schayes and Olympic diver Wendy Lucero-Schayes.

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