Economic Man, Socio‐economic Man and Homo‐economicus Humanus

Thomas O. Nitsch (Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, Creighton University, Omaha, NE/68178, USA)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Publication date: 1 June 1982


In my original efforts, I designated and depicted no less than nine “men” of economics. Essentially, I contended, as man has always tended to create God in his own image and likeness, so economists have fashioned man largely in their discipline's perceived nature and scope. These generic homines economici, that is, have thus been and perhaps cannot really be other than economists' “men”, and the study thereof provides accordingly a meaningful alternative approach to the history, nature and scope of economics itself.


Nitsch, T. (1982), "Economic Man, Socio‐economic Man and Homo‐economicus Humanus", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 9 No. 6/7, pp. 20-49.

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