The Fundamental Flaw in Economics

How ‘Homo economicus’ forgot what species he really is

Anna Mercury
5 min readSep 11, 2023

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Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash

Last week, I got the joy of watching a dear friend defend his PhD dissertation. Now, like the mother of an honor’s student, I can proudly slap a bumper sticker on my van that reads, “My Old Roommate Is a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecological Economics.” You hear that? Doctor.

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