The aim of this work is to make available to English-language readers a translation of Jean-Baptiste Say’s main texts on money and banking which were not at present accessible in English. The work includes chapters from his books taking into account the variants between the different editions, articles and hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Comprehension of these different texts is facilitated by an introduction designed to place them in their context and by a chronological table giving the main events of Say’s life and editorial activity in parallel with the main political, economic and monetary events of the time.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Gilles Jacoud PART I: Extracts from the Catechism of Political Economy Jean-Baptiste Say 2. Of money 3. Of the representative signs of money PART II: Of monies. Extracts from the Complete Course in Practical Political Economy Jean-Baptiste Say 4. Of the nature and uses of money 5. Of the material of money 6. Of the foundation of the value of monies 7. Why the value of silver did not decrease more following the discovery of America 8. Of the relative value of different metals used as money 9. Of the manufacture of metallic monies 10. Of the profit it is possible to make from the manufacture of coinage 11. Of the attempts which have been made to have a measure of values 12. Of the value of precious metals compared with that of wheat, from ancient times 13. Evaluation of historical amounts 14. Of paper monies PART III: Of the representative signs of money. Extracts from the Complete Course in Practical Political Economy Jean-Baptiste Say 15. General characteristics of representative signs 16. Of trust notes and banks of circulation 17. Abuse of banks of circulation 18. Of deposit banks and party transfers 19. Of promissory notes, bills of exchange and foreign exchange PART IV: Extracts from A Treatise on Political Economy Jean-Baptiste Say 20. Extracts from editions 1, 2 and 3 of A Treatise on Political Economy 21. Extracts from editions 5 and 6 of A Treatise on Political Economy PART V Manuscripts, notes and varied texts Jean-Baptiste Say 22. Tribunat. Report made on behalf of the finance section on the projected law concerning the recoinage of monies. Session of 9 Germinal an XI 23. Monsieur Ferrier’s theory of money, capital par excellence 24. Notes on Henri Storch’s Cours d'économie politique 25. Of the commercial crisis in England 26. Extracts from correspondence 27. Plan for a new money in Ricardo’s style 28. Of deposit banks and party transfers 29. Of the debasement of monies 30. Chronological table Gilles Jacoud
Gilles Jacoud is Professor of Economics and Manager of the Economics Department at University of Saint-Etienne, France
"The contributions made by Say to the development of the theory of money and banking merit study and criticism. Jacoud's collection makes Say's ideas accessible to a much greater readership." - Alain Beraud, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2013