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Social Economic Factors

Updated March 23, 2017

Socioeconomics is the relationship between economic activity and social life. Social economic factors, often called socioeconomic factors, are used to compare social life and economic activity. Included are such aspects as education, wealth and employment.

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It is commonly believed that the higher your education the better your social standing. For example, an attorney has the opportunity for more impact on society than a high school dropout.


Those areas with low unemployment have a better quality of life.


The wealthier a nation, especially regarding gross domestic product (GDP), the better the standard of living. When a nation can produce and sell its goods and services on the global market that money goes back into the economy to provide its residents a basic standard of living.


Healthier populations and regions that invest in public health initiatives (using public and private sector dollars) inspire healthy behaviours, which results in lower mortality rates.

Occupational prestige

On a societal level, doctors, professors and CEOs are more valued than waiters, janitors and administrative assistants.

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About the Author

Hunter Taylor

Hunter Taylor has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has authored articles for the "The Social Contract Journal," as well as newspapers, legislative magazines and e-newsletters for state legislators and organizations. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.

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