New Directions for Economics

Tony Lawson, Julie Nelson and Ha-Joon Chang discuss Economics & Social Ontology, Feminist Economics, and Economic Development.


Goldsmiths, University of London, 2016-2020
Interviews by Constantinos Repapis & Ivano Cardinale

Professor Tony Lawson

Economics & Social Ontology

Ivano Cardinale interviewed Tony Lawson in September 2017, and discussed:

– The current state of economics
– The nature of social reality
– Social ontology and mathematical modeling
– Social ontology and the history of economic thought

Professor Julie Nelson

Feminist Economics

Constantinos Repapis interviewed Julie Nelson in January 2017, and discussed:

– The definition of feminist economics
– Feminist economics and methodological pluralism
– The economics curriculum: alternative definitions of economics
– Sustainability and ecological economics

Professor Ha-Joon Chang

Economic Development

Ivano Cardinale interviewed Ha-Joon Chang in September 2017, and discussed:

– Alternative definitions of economic development
– From definitions to policies
– The role of the state in development
– The political economy of development

See also: The Past & Present State of Economics


Dr Constantinos Repapis

Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Constantinos Repapis’s research focuses on the history of economic thought, economic methodology, and interdisciplinary work. He has worked on the evolution of Hayek’s business cycle theory and more generally on the development of economic theory during the 1930’s. His research also introduces and investigates the concept of the ‘common reader’ in economics, and how reader responses may be used in charting the history of economic concepts and ideas. Furthermore, he is interested on how economic models influence government policy and the public discussion.

Dr Ivano Cardinale

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Ivano Cardinale studies foundational issues at the interface between economics, political economy, and social and organizational theory. In economics, he studies how sectoral models often question received results of micro and macro analysis. In political economy, he uses sectoral models to unveil largely unexplored conflicts of interest – and possibilities for cooperation. In social and organizational theory, he is developing a theory of how agency and structure interact within human action, using it to understand institutions, technology, and choice under uncertainty. He also deploys this theory in a political economy context, to understand how political-economy structures influence decisions and are shaped by them in turn.