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Research Interests

Political Economy, History of Economic Thought, Economic Theory


I am Reader in Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I co-founded and I direct the economics programmes. I was previously the Mead Fellow in Economics (Research Fellow) at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge.

I am Editor-in-Chief of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

I was awarded the “Feltrinelli Giovani” Prize 2022 for the Social Sciences, the leading prize for Italian researchers under the age of 40, by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

I develop theory at intermediate levels of aggregation to complement, and sometimes question, received results in micro and macroeconomics. I have studied problems such as the liquidity created by industrial activities, the open-endedness of structural change, and the patterns of European integration.

I also use this approach for political economy purposes. This programme, which I describe as Structural Political Economy, uncovers different conflicts of interest 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 used the 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 how they emerged in response to specific economic problems and I explore the insights they can provide in different economic contexts.

For a list of publications, please see my Goldsmiths page.

Recent Activities

Ivano Cardinale awarded Feltrinelli Giovani Prize
An affiliated member of the Faculty of Economics has received the Feltrinelli Giovani Prize 2022 for pioneering research into structural political economy.
Published on - Thursday 9th March 2023


PIIA Paper 8 - History of Economics

Dr Ivano Cardinale

Reader, Goldsmiths, University of London

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

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