About Paul M. Jacobson

As owner of Jacobson Consulting Inc., Paul Jacobson has over 35 years of experience as a consultant.  Jacobson Consulting was founded by Paul Jacobson in 1992, after 20 years of experience with Informetrica Limited in Ottawa, to provide consulting services to business and government.  Areas of emphasis have included labour economics, industrial studies, health economics, model building and forecasting.

Recent Industrial Experience

Mr. Jacobson has substantial experience with the preparation of industry studies.  Assignments relative to various industry studies, particularly the distributive trades and manufacturing, for Industry Canada, HRSDC and the Retail Council were undertaken since the inception of the firm.  Specific details of these projects are available on request.  Many of the industrial studies involve specific consideration of the strengths, weakness, opportunities or threats faced by the sector. 

In 2005, Mr. Jacobson completed a study on the structure of the retail sector that incorporated Labour Force Survey (LFS) analysis as well as Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) data. The latter study is available on Industry Canada’s web site.  In 2005-8, Mr. Jacobson was involved in several studies for Industry Canada looking at the role of specific service-sector occupations in the industrial structure of Canada and the U.S. as well as purchased services in a number of countries.  The initial study focussed on the broad range of service inputs to manufacturing.

In 2007, Mr. Jacobson finished work with Industry Canada on a study of the industrial design function in the economy.  In 2007, Mr. Jacobson completed a study of the EI Illness benefit for HRSDC involving WES and Survey of Labour Income Dynamics (SLID) data.

In 2008, Mr. Jacobson completed data studies for the Retail Council of Canada and also developed a methodology for estimating the contribution of aboriginal workers to GDP for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

In 2009, Mr. Jacobson completed a study on knowledge-intensive activities in Canadian industries for Industry Canada.  For HRSDC and the Retail Council in 2009, in conjunction with the Innovative Research Group, Mr. Jacobson completed a study on the workplace environment for retail.  Mr. Jacobson continues to provide statistical support and data products for the Retail Council.  In 2010, this included continued supply of the statistical publication Retail Fast Facts as well development of detailed provincial statistical material.

Health and Social Services Projects

In 2006, Mr. Jacobson completed studies on chronic disease issues for Health Canada.  He led a study on Aboriginal chronic care approaches focussing on approaches tried in other jurisdictions including the US, Australia and New Zealand.  He authored a study dealing specifically with Aboriginal diabetes for Health Canada.

In 2007, Mr. Jacobson completed a study for Alberta Health and Wellness on measuring healthcare productivity.  In 2007, Mr. Jacobson completed a study of the EI Illness benefit for HRSDC involving WES and Survey of Labour Income Dynamics (SLID) data. In 2008, Mr. Jacobson prepared a report on the feasibility of evaluating a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) program for the North of 60.

In 2008, Mr. Jacobson completed a literature and data review on chronic disease and disability trends for a consortium of rehabilitation hospitals in Toronto.  This paper explicitly looked at chronic disease, injury and key disease trends for the Toronto area that would impact the demand for rehabilitation services.

In 2009, the major LHIN strategic study, by JCI, was utilized as input to the Integrated Health Services Plan.  It highlighted key service trends in TC LHIN and identified strategic issues for the LHIN including the high patient inflows.  Planning and funding challenges as well as issues of equity and accountability were also studies in the report.  In addition, TC LHIN commissioned JCI to prepare a paper summarizing some European trends in integrated health care to inform discussions within the LHIN about integrated care and care management.

As well as the projects outlined above, during 2009, Mr. Jacobson, as a subcontractor to Informetrica Limited, created an economic cost projection model for diabetes mellitus.

In 2010, Mr. Jacobson collaborated with Informetrica Limited to develop a funding model for the Child Welfare Sector in Ontario.

Earlier health care projects include reviews of health care funding and sustainability for provincial governments, value for money studies for a provincial government, reviews of chronic disease management issues and other strategic questions for a major complex continuing care facility in Toronto.

Publications 

Mr. Jacobson has published two articles on health care policy and insurance in Policy Options (August 2004, September 2005).  One of his recent retail industry studies is available on the Industry Canada web site.[1]  Links to this material are on the JCI web site.  The web site also contains recent reports prepared for the Toronto Central LHIN, and for the Retail Council.[2]