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J.-B. Say and Adam Smith: An Essay in the Transmission of Ideas

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This essay examines Jean-Baptiste Say's (virtually unknown) annotated copy of the Wealth of Nations in order to gauge the impact on Say of Adam Smith just as the former was writing the Traite d'Economie politique (1803). Say introduced several ideas, including the immaterial commodity, derived demand fo r factors, and demand and supply analysis, while rejecting Smith's theory of natural value. Nevertheless, Say believed himself and Smith to be working in the same tradition.

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  • Evelyn Forget, 1993. "J.-B. Say and Adam Smith: An Essay in the Transmission of Ideas," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 26(1), pages 121-133, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:26:y:1993:i:1:p:121-33
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    1. Soliani, Riccardo, 2012. "From the Theory of Value to the Debate about Débouchés: A Comparison between Say and Malthus - Dalla teoria del valore al dibattito sugli sbocchi: un confronto fra Say e Malthus," Economia Internazionale / International Economics, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Genova, vol. 65(1), pages 149-171.

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