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Unforced Errors: Tennis Serve Data Tells Us Little About Loss Aversion

Michał Krawczyk

Econ Journal Watch, 2019, vol. 16, issue 1, 114–123

Abstract: Nejat Anbarci and collaborators argue in two recent papers that male tennis players’ behaviour is consistent with aversion to losses rather than maximization of expected utility. To prove this point they sketch simple theoretical models. I discuss numerous shortcomings of their theoretical and empirical analysis. I suggest that their conclusion, that male tennis players are loss averse, is unsubstantiated.

Keywords: loss aversion; sports; risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 L67 Z31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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