[OPE-L:2231] homo economicus?

Bruce Robert (broberts@usm.maine.edu)
Wed, 15 May 1996 11:21:22 -0700

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My wife (Susan Feiner---sffein@usm.maine.edu) has a "history of thought"
question that maybe some of you can answer: who introduced the term "homo
economicus" into the jargon of economics? When and how did this
(obnoxious) term originate? To me, it seems to have a late Victorian,
turn-of-the-century flavor, but I have no real knowledge of the term's
history. (Susan has a paper forthcoming in an interdisciplinary volume for
which this information would be really useful.) Anyone have an idea?

Thanks, Bruce

Bruce B. Roberts
Department of Economics
University of Southern Maine
Portland ME 04104-9300
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