About Economics Athletes
At Economics Athletes, our mission is to improve the lives of athletes using economics, data, and science.
Many professional sports organizations employ full-time data scientists and analytics experts, who regularly collect and analyze data on their athletes. By analyzing the data, the athletes and coaches are often able to utilize resources more efficiently, make more informed decisions, and improve each player's athletic performance and the team's outcomes. Some of the latest research and applications can be found at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. In addition, professional athletes often have access to the best managers, coaches, trainers, therapists, and doctors - which can be a huge advantage.
We believe that all athletes - from youth to senior - should have access to the best available knowledge and resources in sports performance, and that the access should come at an affordable cost.
Economics Athletes partners with sports organizations to host events, produce online content, and otherwise bring the best available sports performance knowledge and resources to current athletes in youth sports, high school, college, and adults - all at an affordable cost. Click here for a full list of Economics Athletes partners.
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 several years of experience competing in track & field and running, coaching runners, and 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 2018-19 include:
1600m (5:25 PR)
5k (20:47 PR)
8 mile (1:07:56.8 PR)
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.