Dr Veronica Jacobsen

Dr Veronica Jacobsen


Veronica is an economist specialising in the economic analysis of law. She has a deep background in public policy across a wide range of issues including international trade; science and technology; education; justice; social policy; environment and natural resources; labour markets; and standards and conformance. She has extensive experience at senior levels in government with the Treasury, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Science and innovation and Ministry of Justice in New Zealand.

A particular focus of her work has been in developing programmes to build the policy and economics capability of public servants. She has wide international consulting experience with APEC and the World Bank in Kenya, Cameroon, India, China, Thailand, Colombia, Chile as well as in New Zealand.



  • Economic and market analysis
  • Regulatory and cost benefit analysis


  • Climate and environment
  • Economic development
  • Public sector policy and finance
  • Science and innovation
  • State, regional and local government

Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) from Massey University (NZ)
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato (NZ)
  • Master of Social Science (Economics) from the University of Waikato (NZ)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics) from the University of Waikato (NZ)
  • Member, Severe Weather Events Recovery Review Panel
  • Life Member, Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ)
  • Former Board Member, School of Management Advisory Board, University of Waikato (NZ)
  • Former Board Member, Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand
  • Former President Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ)
  • Former Board member, Pacific Economic Co-operation Council (PECC)
  • Former Chair, Government Economics Network (GEN)

Recent work highlights include:

  • Delivering the 2022 APEC Economic Policy Report “Structural Reform and a Green Recovery from Economic Shocks”

Case studies

APEC Economic Policy Report 2022 “Structural Reform and a Green Recovery from Economic Shocks”

The 2022 APEC Economic Report argues that governments’ responses to economic shocks can provide the impetus and means to promote a green recovery that contributes both to economic growth and to improvements in environmental outcomes.