Homo Oeconomicus

The Economic Model of Behaviour and Its Applications in Economics and Other Social Sciences

  • Gebhard Kirchgässner

Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 1-10
  3. Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 11-58
  4. Gebhard Kirchgässner
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  5. Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 139-184
  6. Gebhard Kirchgässner
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  7. Gebhard Kirchgässner
    Pages 241-267
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 1-80

About this book


The economic model of behaviour is fundamental not only in economic theory, but also in modern approaches of other social sciences, above all in political science and law. This book provides a comprehensive treatise of the general model, its philosophical and methodological foundations and its applications in different fields. In addition to the basic model, extensions to its assumptions are examined to account for complex applications like low-cost situations with moral behaviour. Finally, the book takes a broader perspective by evaluating the impact of the model on economic policy and on the development of the field of social science as a whole, such as the competition between individualistic and collectivist approaches.


Methodological Individualism Moral Behaviour Policy Political Science Rationality Self-Interest homo oeconomicus

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