Jacob Kerspien


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Jacob brings strong analytical skills and an ability to distil complex information into meaningful insights.
He has experience undertaking rigorous data analysis, targeted literature reviews and thoughtful economic modelling in a range of contexts. Jacob has a background in academic economics and received his PhD in 2022 for empirical work in the field. At Nous, Jacob has applied his skills to help clients solve practical challenges and improve the way that they deliver impact.

Influential work

  • Managed a review of workers’ compensation arrangements for public sector workers in an Australian jurisdiction, drawing on analysis of claims-level data to distil insights regarding the drivers of payment growth
  • Synthesised information from a range of sources to support the development of pragmatic recommendations to inform the future of an Australian jurisdiction’s public sector digital modernisation fund
  • Supported the development of a new strategic plan and operating model redesign that positioned a leading not-for-profit to achieve greater impact for disadvantaged West Australians
  • Leveraged knowledge of economic theory to develop a cost-benefit analysis framework for a state government’s suite of innovation programs
  • Contributed to a sensitive multi-year evaluation of a complex health-reform initiative in an Australian jurisdiction.

Outside of Nous

Prior to Nous, Jacob completed his PhD in economics at the University of Western Australia. Jacob’s research focused on the use of large historical datasets and sophisticated statistical approaches to analyse trends in the distribution of income. His thesis has been described, by his examiners, as being in the top 5 per cent of theses they had examined.

In his spare time...

Jacob enjoys catching up with friends for a coffee. He also relishes taking long walks with close friends and is a long-suffering fan of the Fremantle Dockers.