About Economics Athletes
Mickey Ferri, PhD
Founder and President
Economics Athletes was founded in 2018 by Mickey Ferri, who is a lifelong athlete and holds a Ph.D. in Economics. After years of competing, coaching, and consulting for sports organizations, Dr. Ferri founded Economics Athletes to bring the best available knowledge and practices in sports performance to current high school and youth athletes.
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 best performances in 2018-19 include:
1600m (5:25 PR)
5k (20:47 PR)
8 mile (1:07:56.8 PR)
Half marathon (1:51:42 PR)
Dr. Ferri is an expert in applied business economics at Insight Economics, where he applies his expertise in three areas:
Law & economics (lost profits, reasonable royalty, commercial success, licensing, negotiation, labor, antitrust)
Business strategy (financial analysis, market research, valuation, intellectual property)
Data analysis (forecasting, customer segmentation, retention modeling)
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 soon-to-be daughter. 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.