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Performing best when it matters most: evidence from professional tennis

González-Díaz, Julio, Gossner, Olivier and Rogers, Brian W. (2012) Performing best when it matters most: evidence from professional tennis. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 84 (3). pp. 767-781. ISSN 0167-2681

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Abstract

Stakes affect aggregate performance in a wide variety of settings. At the individual level, we define the critical ability as an agent's ability to adapt performance to the importance of the situation. We identify individual critical abilities of professional tennis players, relying on point-level data from twelve years of the US Open tournament. We establish persistent heterogeneity in critical abilities. We find a significant statistical relationship between identified critical abilities and overall career success, which validates the identification procedure and suggests that response to pressure is a significant factor for success.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-econom...
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D0 - General
L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L83 - Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism
Sets: Departments > Mathematics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 12:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47141/

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