The famous first sentence of the book puts the lie to Marcal's straw economic man
of Smith: "How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.
Mill's economic man
is a deliberately simplified abstraction based off reductionist impulses common to early modern science.
41) Jeffrey Sklansky, From Economic Man
to Social Self: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002).
approach of economic man
, but a world of cockroach-shaped chocolate is
On abstracting, is it rational to rely so completely on rational and self-serving economic man
, and are values or ideology hidden within the rational structure of economic theory?
Homo economicus, the economic man
, relies on a non-existent person: it cannot explain how we manage contradictions in our desires, and their immeasurability.
Two gender papers review feminist criticisms of the mainstream concept of the rational economic man
and the history of feminist engagement with social reproduction.
Herbert Simon (1955, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1972, 1976, 1979) made it clear that this schematized model of rationality and the economic man
is divorced from reality.
Her book The Only Sex - Why You're Seduced by Economic Man
and How it Destroys Your Life and the World Economy was published in Sweden by Albert Bonniers Forlag.
I then situate the lecture according to the different types of feminism that are identified in Feminist Economics (Ferber and Nelson Beyond Economic Man
: Feminist Theory and Economics): where Feminist Economics may catch hold of Duflo's lecture, it is not clear that Duflo is catching hold of Feminist Economics.
a moral hector who, looking over the shoulder of the economic man
, scrutinizes every move he makes" and is a source of "self-denial .
With relative prosperity resulting largely from high oil prices, a demanding and politically aware "middle class" had emerged, apparently confirming certain theories concerning Economic Man