(1999) Feminist Economics: Interrogating the Masculinity of Rational Economic Man
, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
Donald Hay and Gordon Menzies echo Henley with their critique of rational choice theory (RCT) and its anthropology, identified as rational economic man
Turn now to abstracting in terms of mainstream economic theory, Is it rational to rely so completely on rational economic man
? There is a literature that would deny this.
Two gender papers review feminist criticisms of the mainstream concept of the rational economic man
and the history of feminist engagement with social reproduction.
[or] our old friend Rational Economic Man
resurrected in modern garb' (p7).
If rational economic man
is extinct, as Scientific American argued four years ago, where does that leave economic theory?
Economists still don't understand variation; instead they write maddeningly about "representative agents" and "rational economic man
." They still teach the "marginal product theory of wages," which excuses every gross inequality faced by the laboring poor.
The rational economic man
is one who displays a particular personal disposition.
Peter Groenewegen argues that Alfred Marshall did not accept the rational economic man
paradigm, but was evolutionary in his outlook and influenced by Darwin.