economic man

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A term used in classical economic theory (see laissez-faire economics), denoting the individual's rational deployment of labour or resources in the marketplace, in systematic pursuit of his or her own self-interest. The term is intended to apply to both men and women but could be argued to reflect an implicit assumption of the primacy of male activity in the market. See also political economy; rational choice theory.

Subjects: Politics.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.