Areas of Expertise

Paul M. Jacobson, President of Jacobson Consulting Inc. has more than 35 years of professional experience as an economist and consultant.  Among other responsibilities, he led policy-related consulting studies for Informetrica Limited in Ottawa for the first 20 years of his career before creating an independent practice to facilitate a move to Toronto.

Planning and Policy Analysis

Many of Mr. Jacobson’s assignments have been directed at specific policies.  For example, in 2006, Mr. Jacobson analyses policy issues with respect to income replacement for long-term illness for HRSDC.  In 2010, Mr. Jacobson analyzed the economic impact of a specific program for Indian and Northern Affairs.  These studies all required the preparation of specific reports and presentation material.  In 2007, Mr. Jacobson prepared a study of the measurement of health care productivity for the Alberta government and the results were presented at a seminar in Edmonton in 2008.  In 2009, many of Mr. Jacobson’s assignments were focussed on health care including a strategic planning report for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration network.  In 2010, the policy studies included work on a funding model for child welfare in Ontario and the economic analysis of the residential schools settlement.

Research

Mr. Jacobson’s principal focus as a consultant has been on the delivery of specific research to support policy development and strategic planning. Recent analysis has focussed on two areas, health care and labour. In 2007, Mr. Jacobson prepared a study of the measurement of health care productivity for the Alberta government and the results were presented at a seminar in Edmonton in 2008.  In 2008, Mr. Jacobson prepared a research report for the complex care hospitals in Toronto related to the requirements for the complex and rehabilitation care in Ontario.  As noted above, Mr. Jacobson has undertaken methodological research on the estimation of the contribution to GDP of aboriginal workers as well as a number of detailed studies of the role that key service activities and occupations play in the Canadian economy. The latter work was undertaken for Industry Canada.

Over the years, Mr. Jacobson has created many statistical studies and presentations for the Retail Council of Canada.  The most recent in 2009, focussing in detail on the structure of the retail labour market, was prepared for an RCC project sponsored by HRDC.  The report is available on JCI’s web site.

Mr. Jacobson also prepared research on the structure of retail labour markets in specific areas for a large legal firm and appeared numerous times as an expert witness in legal proceedings associated with that material.

Other research clients have included Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Health Canada as well as industrial clients such as INTERAC and the Offord Group.

All of these studies require a substantial knowledge of both statistical data and presentation.  Mr. Jacobson regularly processes very large databases using various relational database systems as well as statistical software.  Mr. Jacobson maintains current copies of a number of large Statistics Canada datasets including the major population surveys (SLID, CCHS, NPHS, GSS).  Mr. Jacobson regularly commissions highly-detailed special tabulations from Statistics Canada, other government agencies as well as the authorities in other countries.

Forecasting

At Informetrica Limited for the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Jacobson led the development of the major forecasting models. He has undertaken numerous employment forecasting studies, many for the Canadian Occupational Projection system (COPS) work at HRDC and its successor departments.  Some years ago, Mr. Jacobson completed a review of employment forecasting approaches for COPS. 

Recent forecasting experience includes the development of an economic cost of diabetes model and forecast for the Canadian Diabetes Association as a subcontractor to Informetrica Limited in 2009.  This model focussed on the costs to society and to the health care system of diabetes and its associated co-morbidities.  Mr. Jacobson developed a substantial revision of this model with an expanded treatment of co-morbidities and social costs.  The results of this work were presented as conference paper at the recent Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference in Toronto in May 2010.  Currently, Mr. Jacobson is engaged in an economic forecasting study of a major aboriginal grant program using the Informetrica econometric model (TIM) as well as detailed Census tables.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning requires a good environmental scan along with a thorough analysis of issues. Many of Mr. Jacobson’s studies have been specifically oriented to strategic planning.  Specifically, the work on chronic disease, integrated care and the strategic white paper prepared for the Toronto Central LHIN contains very significant environmental scan components incorporating detailed literature and data reviews to identify key issues for the client.  This study also required detailed interviews with senior executives in the health care sector in Toronto.  This material is available on JCI’s web site.[1]



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