Cherry-picked Evidence, Selective Quotations, and Irrelevant Sources: James Ahiakpor’s Persistent Manipulations of the Historical Record on Jean-Baptiste Say, Fred Taylor, and Say’s Law

History of Economic Ideas, Volume 31, issue 2023/2, forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2023

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Guy Numa

Department of Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Alain beraud

Thema, Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Date Written: October 2023

Abstract

In a note published in the latest issue of History of Economic Ideas, James Ahiakpor rehashes previously debunked claims. After stating that our arguments were “misleading” and fantasizing about Jean-Baptiste Say’s “retrogression,” Ahiakpor now claims to have uncovered “mistaken bases of [Fred Manville] Taylor’s deviations from Say’s own law.” Using cherry-picked evidence, selective quotations, and irrelevant sources, his latest note is another desperate attempt to manipulate the historical record. Our peer-reviewed research on Say and Say’s Law stands. We have engaged the totality of the textual and archival evidence, a task that Ahiakpor is still unwilling or unable to perform. An honest and comprehensive reading of Say and Taylor’s original writings completely invalidate Ahiakpor’s fallacious conclusions. The present essay shows that his claims have no merit. Fred Taylor did correctly analyze Say’s message.

Keywords: Jean-Baptiste Say, Demand, Money, Outlets, Production

JEL Classification: B12, B13, B22, B31, E32

Suggested Citation

Numa, Guy and Beraud, Alain, Cherry-picked Evidence, Selective Quotations, and Irrelevant Sources: James Ahiakpor’s Persistent Manipulations of the Historical Record on Jean-Baptiste Say, Fred Taylor, and Say’s Law (October 2023). History of Economic Ideas, Volume 31, issue 2023/2, forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4628664

Guy Numa (Contact Author)

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