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 364,070 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Jean-Baptiste Say is the 18th most popular economist (up from 20th in 2019), the 373rd most popular biography from France (up from 383rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French 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, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 18 out of 315Before him are François Quesnay, Hjalmar Schacht, Ludwig von Mises, John Law, Philip Kotler, and Paul Samuelson. After him are Henri Fayol, Barack Obama Sr., Herbert A. Simon, Amartya Sen, Frédéric Passy, and Joseph Stiglitz.

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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, Benjamin Constant, John VI of Portugal, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, Nicolas Oudinot, and Manuel Godoy. Among people deceased in 1832, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 9Before him are Jeremy Bentham, Jean-François Champollion, Évariste Galois, Walter Scott, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, and Georges Cuvier. After him are Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, Friedrich Kuhlau, Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Jean Maximilien Lamarque.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 373 out of 5,234Before him are Jeanne d'Albret (1528), Claude Bernard (1813), Pierre Bayle (1647), Baldwin I of Jerusalem (1058), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), and Marin Mersenne (1588). After him are Philip the Bold (1342), Philippe Noiret (1930), André Malraux (1901), Louis IV of France (920), Jeanne Moreau (1928), and Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824).

Among ECONOMISTS In France

Among economists born in France, Jean-Baptiste Say ranks 3Before him are Vilfredo Pareto (1848) and François Quesnay (1694). After him are Frédéric Passy (1822), Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727), Léon Walras (1834), Frédéric Bastiat (1801), Maurice Allais (1911), Dominique Strauss-Kahn (1949), Jacques Delors (1925), Jean-Claude Trichet (1942), and Gérard Debreu (1921).