I talk to a lot of different folks with different backgrounds in economics. Perhaps it’s because of the specific and arcane nature of “utility economics”, but many of the folks I meet think of economics as being very focused on forecasting, financial analysis, and quantitative estimates of various investments, rate/tariff policies, etc.
Frankly, this narrow construction of economics always makes me uncomfortable. Yes, these ideas are all part of economics, and important, but they do tend to overlook the very crucial extent to which economics is the study of human action construed more generally.
Economics is the study of how to get the most out of life.