Say's Law: An Historical Analysis

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Princeton University Press, 1972 - Business & Economics - 247 pages

Say's Law--the idea that "supply creates its own demand"--has been a basic concept in economics for almost two centuries. Thomas Sowell traces its evolution as it emerged from successive controversies, particularly two of the most bitter and long lasting in the history of the discipline, the "general glut controversy" that reached a peak in the 1820s, and the Keynesian Revolution of the 1930s. These controversies not only involved almost every noted economist of the time but had repercussions on basic economic theory, methodology, and sociopolitical theory. This book, the first comprehensive coverage of the subject, will be an indispensable addition to the history of economic thought. It is also relevant to all social sciences concerned with economic prosperity, with the nature of intellectual orthodoxy and insurgency, or with the complex relationships among ideology, concepts, and policies.

Originally published in 1972.

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This is a very thorough and convincingly non-partisan examination of the set of theorems and conjectures we call "Say's Law." This is also, for my money, the best book Sowell ever wrote. Maybe not his most important, but his best. Read full review

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