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Research Interests

Political Economy, History of Economic Thought, Economic Theory


I am Lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Life Member of Clare Hall. I previously was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge.

I develop theory at intermediate levels of aggregation to complement, and often question, received results in micro and macroeconomics. Focussing on units such as industrial sectors or stages of production, I have studied problems such as how finance interacts with different sectors of the real economy and the infrastructure a country needs depending on its stage of economic development.

I also use this approach for political economy purposes. This programme, which I describe as as "Structural Political Economy", uncovers different conflicts of interests as compared to standard micro and macro analyses. For example, I have studied conflicts between industrial sectors arising along the business cycle and in the transition from non-renewable to renewable energy sources. I have applied a Structural Political Economy lens to address historical problems (why rising taxation in eighteenth-century Britain was politically sustainable) as well as contemporary issues (sectoral-level conflicts in the Eurozone). I also explore how economic and institutional contexts influence the decisions of political economy actors, and are in turn shaped by those decisions.

A fundamental aspect of my research is the comparative analysis of economic theories. I am interested in the historical reconstruction of how they emerged in response to specific economic problems, as well as the insights they can provide in different economic contexts.


PIIA Paper 8 - History of Economics

Dr Ivano Cardinale

Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Research Group:
Alternative approaches to economics, history of economic thought, and methodology

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