Homo economicus

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Etymology[edit]

Pseudo-taxonomic name; compare Homo sapiens. The earlier term "Economic Man" was used for the first time in the late nineteenth century by critics of John Stuart Mill's work on political economy.

Noun[edit]

Homo economicus (uncountable)

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  1. (economics) A human being regarded as a rational and narrowly self-interested actor capable of making judgments in order to attain its own particular goals.