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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Jean-Baptiste Say: Selected full-text books and articles

OLBIE. or Essay on the Means of Improving the Morals of a Nation By Say, Jean-Baptiste Utopian Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2001
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A Science in Its Youth: Pre-Marxian Political Economy By 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 By 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 By M. Blaug Richard D. Irwin, 1962 (3rd edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Say's Law and Classical Monetary Theory"
Development of Economic Analysis By 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 By 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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