Socioeconomics (also known as social economics) is the social science that studies how economic activity affects and is shaped by social processes. In general it analyzes how societies progress, stagnate, or regress because of their local or regional economy, or the global economy. Societies are divided into 3 groups: social, cultural and economic.
“Socioeconomics” is sometimes used as an umbrella term for various areas of inquiry. The term “social economics” may refer broadly to the "use of economics in the study of society". More narrowly, contemporary practice considers behavioral interactions of individuals and groups through social capital and social "markets" (not excluding, for example, sorting by marriage) and the formation of social norms. In the latter, it studies the relation of economics to social values.
A distinct supplemental usage describes social economics as "a discipline studying the reciprocal relationship between economic science on the one hand and social philosophy, ethics, and human dignity on the other" toward social reconstruction and improvement or as also emphasizing multidisciplinary methods from such fields as sociology, history, and political science. In criticizing mainstream economics for its alleged faulty philosophical premises (for example the pursuit of self-interest) and neglect of dysfunctional economic relationships, such advocates tend to classify social economics as heterodox.
- Amitai Etzioni
- Behavioral economics
- Economic development
- Economic imperialism (economics)
- Economic sociology
- Gary Becker
- Gender-related Development Index
- Genuine Progress Indicator
- Gross domestic product
- Gross national happiness
- Happy Planet Index
- Historical materialism
- Household income in the United States
- Human Development Index
- Human Poverty Index
- Income inequality metrics
- Index of Economic Freedom
- Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare
- Industrial Revolution
- Jose Perez Adan
- Legatum Prosperity Index
- List of countries by income equality
- Marek Belka
- Political economy
- Social class
- Sustainable Human Development Index
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