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An economist in troubled times : writings

Author: Jean Baptiste Say; R R Palmer
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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J.-B. Say is remembered most commonly as a disciple of Adam Smith and in particular as the author of what later economists have called Say's law: often simplified as the idea that "supply creates its own demand." Here the distinguished historian R.R. Palmer shows that Say was an interesting figure for a multitude of reasons. Say modified and extended some of Adam Smith's insights, became a friend and correspondent
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Genre/Form: History
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Named Person: Jean Baptiste Say; Jean Baptiste Say
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Baptiste Say; R R Palmer
ISBN: 0691011702 9780691011707
OCLC Number: 34894471
Description: viii, 167 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Mild Revolutionary. Freedom of Speech. Journalism. Benjamin Franklin. Bureaucracy. The Theater. The Constitution of 1795. Promoting the Arts and Trades --
Ch. 2. The Sober Utopian. A Moral Society. Plain Living and Comfort. The Need for Political Economy. Monuments and Aphorisms --
Ch. 3. The Frustrated Economist. The French in Egypt. Offending Napoleon. Political Economy as a Science. Everybody's Business. Elementary Schools for All. Extravagance and Deprivation. The Profits and Evils of Slavery --
Ch. 4. The Innovative Economist. Utility and Value. Goods and Services. The Entrepreneur. Say's Law. Population. Say in Business for Himself. Emigration? Thomas Jefferson --
Ch. 5. The Commentator on England.
Other Titles: J.-B. Say
Responsibility: selected and translated by R.R. Palmer.
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J.-B. Say is remembered most commonly as a disciple of Adam Smith and in particular as the author of what later economists have called Say's law: often simplified as the idea that "supply creates its own demand." Here the distinguished historian R.R. Palmer shows that Say was an interesting figure for a multitude of reasons. Say modified and extended some of Adam Smith's insights, became a friend and correspondent of Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo, and was the first professor of political economy in France. His life coincided with the French Revolution and its long aftermath and with the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, on both of which he had much to say.

He is exceptional among economists in that for several years he was in business for himself as a factory owner and so took part in the activities that he and other economists analyzed. Say always wrote in nontechnical language for a thoughtful but unspecialized audience, and Palmer's well-known skills as a translator serve well to present a collection of fascinating and hitherto untranslated material.

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