Jakob undertook his graduate studies at University of Aarhus, Denmark, and completed his PhD from the Australian National University. Prior to moving to Monash, Jakob served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at Flinders University, University of Southampton and University of Western Australia, Professor of Economics at Brunel University, London, and subsequently University of Copenhagen. Jakob is currently associated editor at European Economic Review and Australian Economic Papers and currently holds an ARC Professorial Fellowship.
Research Areas (Past and Current)
Jakob has been engaged in research in the area of macroeconomics since he finished his PhD in 1992. First he worked within broad macroeconomics and, subsequently, specialized within macrofinance for some years. Over the past 10 years he has been working predominantly within the area of economic growth, particularly in the area of endogenous growth and unified theory of economic growth. Jakob's research is primerily empirical using very long data spanning more than a century for several countries in the world.
Jakob has published his research in numerous top-field journals including Journal of Economic Growth, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, The Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Economic Letters, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Economic History, Canadian Journal of Economics, Explorations in Economic History, Economica, and Southern Economic Journal.
Current Research Projects
- Relationship between disease and economic development.
- Determinants of savings.
- The British Industrial Revolution
- Drivers of growth in the extreme long run.
- Agricultural productivity in developing countries
- Resources and growth.
- 2012-2014: ARC Discovery grant (jointly with James B. Ang).
Topic: Growth, IQ, Diseases, and the Great Demographic Transition
- 2011-2015: ARC Discovery grant.
Topic. The Great Divergence, Long-Run Growth and Unified Theories of Economic Growth.
- 2009-2011: ARC Discovery grant (jointly with Peter Robertson).
Topic: Growth, Trade, and Economic Development in Asia.
- 2008-2010: ARC Discovery grant.
Topic: Human Capital and Economic Growth.