Dr Jackson is lead economist at Impact Economics and Policy, with expertise in distributional analysis, labour markets, disability, health, gender, housing and fiscal policy. 

After starting her career as an economist at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under the Hon John Howard’s Prime Ministership, Dr Jackson went on to become Deputy Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Hon Lindsay Tanner MP during the Global Financial Crisis.

She is currently National Deputy Chair of the Women in Economics Network, Board Member at Gender Equity Victoria, a regular contributor to the NFAW Gender Lens on the Budget and a member of the National Heart Foundation’s Victorian Advisory Board. She previously served as a Non-Executive Director at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Originally from Hobart, Dr Jackson completed a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania, and was awarded the JG Bridgen Award for Greatest Proficiency in Third Year Economics in 2000.  Dr Jackson also holds a Masters in International Health Policy (Health Economics) with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science and completed her PhD on the Economics of Disability in Australia at Monash University’s Centre for Health Economics.

Dr Jackson provides regular economic commentary on television and radio, and has had articles published in The Age, the Conversation, The Australian, The New Daily and Croakey.