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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 Social Sciences, the leading prize for Italian nationals under the age of 40.

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.


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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