Jean-Baptiste Say

Say, Jean Baptiste

Jean Baptiste Say (zhäN bätēst´ sā), 1767–1832, French economist. In A Treatise on Political Economy (1803, tr. from the 4th ed. 1821) he effectively reorganized and popularized the theories of Adam Smith. Say also developed a noted theory of markets and the concept of the entrepreneur. Say's law of markets holds that supply creates its own demand. His works include Cours complet d'économie politique pratique (6 vol., 1828–29).

His grandson, Léon Say, 1826–96, was also an economist. As minister of finance under several governments he accomplished the payment of war debts to Germany ahead of schedule. He edited and wrote several works on finance.

See study of J. B. Say by T. Sowell (1972).

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FREE! A Treatise on Political Economy, Or, the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Wealth
Jean-Baptiste Say; C. R. Prinsep; Clement C. Biddle.
John Grigg, 1830
OLBIE. or Essay on the Means of Improving the Morals of a Nation
Say, Jean-Baptiste.
Utopian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2001
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The Social Economics of Jean-Baptiste Say: Markets and Virtue
Evelyn L. Forget.
Routledge, 1999
A Science in Its Youth: Pre-Marxian Political Economy
A. Anikin.
Progress Publishers, 1979
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 16 "The Say School and Cournot's Contribution"
Studies in the History of French Political Economy: From Bodin to Walras
Gilbert Faccarello.
Routledge, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Jean-Baptiste Say: The Entrepreneur, the Free Trade Doctrine and the Theory of Income Distribution"
Economic Theory in Retrospect
M. Blaug.
Richard D. Irwin, 1962 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Say's Law and Classical Monetary Theory"
Emergence and Content of Modern Economic Analysis
William Fellner.
McGraw-Hill, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Say's Law and the Question Of Full Employment"
Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics
George Reisman.
Jameson Books, 1990
FREE! History of Economic Thought: A Critical Account of the Origin and Development of the Economic Theories of the Leading Thinkers in the Leading Nations
Lewis H. Haney.
Macmillan, 1920 (Revised edition)
Development of Economic Analysis
Ingrid Hahne Rima.
Routledge, 1996 (6th edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Thomas Malthus and J.B. Say: The Political Economy of Population Behavior and Aggregate Demand"
Macroeconomics Theory and Economic Policy: Essays in Honour of Jean-Paul Fitoussi
K. Vela Velupillai.
Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Trashing J.B. Say: The Story of a Mare's Nest"
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