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Jean-Baptiste Say

1767 - 1832

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Jean-Baptiste Say (French: [ʒɑ̃batist sɛ]; 5 January 1767 – 15 November 1832) was a liberal French economist and businessman who argued in favor of competition, free trade and lifting restraints on business. He is best known for Say's law—also known as the law of markets—which he popularized. Scholars disagree on the surprisingly subtle question of whether it was Say who first stated what is now called Say's law. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Baptiste Say has received more than 439,336 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Jean-Baptiste Say is the 18th most popular economist, the 334th most popular biography from France (up from 372nd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Economist.

Jean-Baptiste Say is most famous for his law of markets, which states that supply creates its own demand.

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Among ECONOMISTS

Among economists, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 18 out of 315Before him are Alfred Marshall, Hjalmar Schacht, Frédéric Passy, Philip Kotler, Ludwig von Mises, and Mario Draghi. After him are Paul Samuelson, Henri Fayol, Amartya Sen, John Law, Michael Porter, and Joseph Stiglitz.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1767, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 5Before him are Joachim Murat, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, and Andrew Jackson. After him are John Quincy Adams, John VI of Portugal, Benjamin Constant, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg, and Nicolas Oudinot. Among people deceased in 1832, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 9Before him are Jean-François Champollion, Jeremy Bentham, Walter Scott, Évariste Galois, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, and Georges Cuvier. After him are Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Friedrich Kuhlau, Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia, and Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 334 out of 6,011Before him are Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275), Claude of France (1499), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809), François Couperin (1668), and Robert Guiscard (1016). After him are Mireille Mathieu (1946), Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674), Diane de Poitiers (1499), Jean Renoir (1894), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), and Elisabeth of France (1602).

Among ECONOMISTS In France

Among economists born in France, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 4Before him are Vilfredo Pareto (1848), François Quesnay (1694), and Frédéric Passy (1822). After him are Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727), Léon Walras (1834), Dominique Strauss-Kahn (1949), Frédéric Bastiat (1801), Maurice Allais (1911), Jacques Delors (1925), Jean-Claude Trichet (1942), and Gérard Debreu (1921).