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 - CY Cergy Paris Université Access content directly
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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

Alain Béraud
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Guy Numa
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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.
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hal-04482952 , version 1 (28-02-2024)

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Alain Béraud, Guy Numa. 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, 2023, XXXI (2), pp.169-182. ⟨hal-04482952⟩
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