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Definition of Economics

(noun) The social science concerned with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and the allocation and management of investments, money, and wealth.

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Syllabification: ec·o·nom·ics

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ek-uh-nAHm-iks/
  • British English – /e-kuh-nOm-iks/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪks/
  • British English – /ˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks/

Usage Notes

  • Also called economic science.
  • Informally called the dismal science.
  • Historically called political economy.
  • An (noun) economist (adverb) economically studies the economy to create (adjective) economic or (adjective) economical works.

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Cite the Definition of Economics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “economics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/economics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

economics. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/economics/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “economics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/economics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“economics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/economics/>.