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Notes sur Jean-Baptiste Say. Conception de l'économie en général et position face à l'esclavage en particulier


  • Rémy Herrera


This article proposes a critical analysis of Jean-Baptiste Say’s thought on the economy in general and more specifically, on slavery. The first part deals with his general ideas on the economy, and studies how he defines value, capital and equilibrium of supply and demand on the markets (Say’s law). The second part concentrates on a less known issue, that of the points of view he adopted on slavery (and on colonies), in order to examine their strengths as well as their limitations. Say’s liberal followers often remember the famous « Say’s law » and the glorification of capital but discard the anti-slavery theses, which nevertheless constitute an advocacy for the liberation of the forces of production to the benefit of a triumphant capitalism. JEL Codes : B12, F02, J41, J71, K33, N43, O52, P12

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  • Rémy Herrera, 2014. "Notes sur Jean-Baptiste Say. Conception de l'économie en général et position face à l'esclavage en particulier," Innovations, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(3), pages 135-157.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:inndbu:inno_045_0135

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    Jean-Baptiste Say; history of economic thought; equilibrium; say's law; slavery; colonies;

    JEL classification:

    • B12 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
    • N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • P12 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Capitalist Enterprises


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