Jakob is an ARC Professorial Fellow and he holds the Xiaokei Yang Chair in Business and Economics at Department of Economics, Monash University. His research interests are in macroeconomics, endogenous and unified economic growth, stock and house price valuation, macrofinance, the macroeconomics of inequality, history of economic growth, and applied econometrics. Jakob did his M.Ec. at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. After working some years in the financial sector as financial analyst and deputy chief economist (Bank of Jutland, Denmark) he went to Australia to do his PhD at ANU. Since completing his PhD he has held lecturing positions at the University of Southampton, University of Western Australia and Flinders University and professorial positions at Brunel University, London, and University of Copenhagen.
Jakob has published more than 100 papers in international refereed journals including Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Economic History, Economica, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of International Money and Finance and Economics Letters.