Peter John Lambert

I am an economist studying organizations, industries, jobs, and economic growth. My research leverages large novel datasets (e.g. text, transactions, credit ratings) to analyse behaviour within and across firms.

I am currently completing a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, I have worked at the CEP, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change , and POID. My studies are generously supported by the 2018 Commonwealth Scholarship.

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss ideas, I’d love to hear from you! My email is

Working Papers

Aggregate Consequences of Default Risk: Evidence from Firm-level data
(with Tim Besley, Isabelle Roland, John Van Reenen)

The Impact of Social Distancing on Labour Productivity (with Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Stephen Hansen)

Remote Work across Jobs, Companies, and Space (with Stephen Hansen, Nick Bloom, Steven Davis, Raffaella Sadun & Bledi Taska)

Anatomy of a Business Shock: What can we learn from high-frequency business surveys during COVID-19? (with John Van Reenen)

Firm Performance and COVID Shocks: A DiD Study using Global Micro-data (solo-project)

The Economics of ‘Pivoting’ (solo-project)

Policy Reports and Media Coverage

“A major wave of UK business closures by April 2021? The scale of the problem and what can be done” (co-authored with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and John Van Reenen).
[selected news coverage from the BBC, The Guardian]

“Risk of Business Failure – POID Tracker” (co-authored with Apolline Marion and John Van Reenen)
[my interviews with The Times, The Guardian]


The Future of Work (From Home) – A Centre for Market Design Workshop, University of Melbourne (May, 2022). An open discussion (joint with Nick Bloom) about the causes and consequences of remote work adoption.

26th Annual ISNIE / SIOE Conference (June, 2022). Presented Remote Work across Jobs, Companies, and Space.

CESifo Venice Venice Summer Institute (July, 2022). Presented Remote Work across Jobs, Companies and Countries.

3rd Annual Monash-Zurick-Warwick ‘Test-as-Data Workshop’ (August, 2022). Presented Remote Work across Jobs, Companies, and Space.