Are Economic Agents Successful Optimizers?: An Analysis Through Strategy in Tennis
CentER Discussion Paper No. 2006-52
32 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2006
Date Written: May 2006
We consider the question whether top tennis players in a top tournament (Wimbledon) employ an optimal (efficient) service strategy. We show that top players do not, in general, follow an optimal strategy, and we provide a lower bound of the inefficiency. The inefficiency regarding winning a point on service is on average at least 1.1% for men and 2.0% for women, leading to a possible increase of income for the efficient player of 18.7% for men and 32.8% for women. We use these findings to shed some light on the question whether economic agents are successful optimizers.
Keywords: Inefficiency, Frontier, Optimal strategy, Tennis
JEL Classification: C14, C15, D01, D21
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