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41 Huguette Biaujeaud (c. 1910–90) Biaujeaud’s Essai sur la Théorie Ricardienne de la Valeur (1934), which offers an interpretation of Ricardo similar in many respects to the later work of Sraffa, is the single publication of an author who chose not to follow a career as an economist. This work was originally presented as a doctoral thesis to the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris on 2 December 1933 under the supervision of Gaëton Pirou, one of the leading historians of economic thought of the day. It was subsequently published by Sirey in 1934 with a preface by Pirou, and reissued by Economica in 1988 with a preface by G. Abraham-Frois. This was very much an independent investigation; Biaujeaud’s contacts with Piero Sraffa, whom she met once, and Jacob Hollander took place, according to Biaujeaud, ‘when my work was already very advanced … I had submitted to them my ideas and essential conclusions. It seems to me, and I am almost certain, that they accepted them without great controversy.’1 These contacts permitted the author to correct a few errors in Ricardo’s correspondence. Biaujeaud’s work passed almost unnoticed in France, despite the preface by Pirou, who also emphasized the signiﬁcance of the work in his Introduction à l’Étude de l’Économie Politique (1939, p. 241) and in La valeur et les prix (1948, p. 21). There were virtually no signiﬁcant references to this work in France until very much later (Vidonne, 1982, 1986; Béraud,...
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