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Occasional Research Assistant - Labour Markets
Email: j.r.blundell@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.03 L  

Expertise: Labour Economics, Applied Econometrics, Public Economics, Technological change


I am an Economics PhD student at Stanford University. My research covers a variety of topics in labour and public economics including intergenerational mobility, income volatility and the impact of technology on labour markets.

Current Areas of Research:

The way in which the valuations of different skills in the labour market are affected by technological change

The production technology with which different skills and parental investments interact throughout childhood to determine cognitive ability and health status

Explaining the growth and excellence of cities in recent decades by investigating sorting patterns


  • MPhil Economics, Balliol College, Oxford, Distinction
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, University College London, First Class Honours

CEP Publications

CentrePiece article
Covid-19 and the future of self-employment Jack Blundell
July 2020
Paper No' CEPCP581:
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CentrePiece 25 (2) Summer 2020

Tags: covid-19; self-employment

CEP Covid-19 analysis
Self-employment in the Covid-19 crisis Jack Blundell and Stephen Machin
May 2020
Paper No' CEPCOVID-19-003:
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Tags: covid-19; self-employed workers; unemployment; seiss; cjrs

CentrePiece article
The UK's self-employed workers: who they are and what they need Jack Blundell is developing a typology of self-employed workers, in part to identify vulnerable groups who may benefit from policy support. Jack Blundell
March 2020
Paper No' CEPCP569:
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CentrePiece 25 (1) Spring 2020

Tags: self-employment; gig economy; worker characteristics

This article summarises 'Clusters in UK Self-Employment' by Jack Blundell, CEP Occasional Paper 48. The work was funded by the Turing-HSBC-ONS Economic Data Science Award.
CEP occasional paper
Clusters in UK Self-Employment Jack Blundell
February 2020
Paper No' CEPOP048:
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Tags: self-employment; gig economy; worker characteristics

CEP discussion paper
Where is the Land of Hope and Glory?The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in England and Wales Brian Bell, Jack Blundell and Stephen Machin
December 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1591:
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JEL Classification: J62; R23; R31; I24

Tags: intergenerational mobility