Learning to be sociable: the evolution of homo economicus

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Learning to be sociable: the evolution of homo economicus

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dc.contributor.author Ng, Irene C. L. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Tseng, Lu-Ming en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-22T15:59:58Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:27:12Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T16:03:59Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This article studies the evolution of the economic man (Homo economicus) from its original conception until the current day. By analyzing the discourse of economic articles, we provide a chronological account of the economic man's intellectual and philosophical development as it evolved from what we term the philosophical age to the neoclassical age and finally to the strategic age. The article then shows how the economic man in the strategic age is slowly finding convergence with the sociological man (Homo sociologicus). A reconciliation of the two sapiens is difficult. However, recent papers on behavioral and experimental economics provide insights into a possible reconciliation. Our study argues that the purpose of the sociological man is to identify who he is, how he interacts with people within a society, and the antecedents to such behaviors. Homo economicus, however, has no overarching philosophical assumptions on what he values. The objectives of each discipline are different and, once one is mapped onto the other, it is unclear if there is truly any tension between them. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 67 (2), pp 265 - 286 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2008.00570.x en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/32692 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Wiley en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.interscience.wiley.com/ en_GB
dc.subject economics en_GB
dc.subject sociology en_GB
dc.title Learning to be sociable: the evolution of homo economicus en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-07-22T15:59:58Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:27:12Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T16:03:59Z
dc.identifier.issn 00029246 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 15367150 en_GB
dc.description “This is a pre-print of an article published in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 67 (2), pp 265 - 286". Author's draft en_GB
dc.identifier.journal American Journal of Economics and Sociology en_GB


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