Loss aversion and decision fatigue at the Wimbledon tennis championship
by Graham Mallard
International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance (IJBAF), Vol. 6, No. 1, 2016

Abstract: The multinomial logit analysis in this paper, which contributes to the literature that studies economic psychology in the sporting arena, tests for the effects of loss aversion and decision fatigue in the behaviour of professional tennis players as they deliver their first serves in one of the most competitive and lucrative annual tournaments in the world: the Wimbledon championships. It is proposed that the results demonstrate that the behaviour of professional tennis players exhibits loss aversion as they deal with the effects of decision fatigue. The findings have significant implications for the debate about whether experience, competition and high stakes ameliorate the effects of behavioural biases, for the design of behavioural experiments and for the construction of theoretical models of decision making.

Online publication date: Wed, 19-Oct-2016

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