Perke Jacobs

Wissenschaftler im Bundeskanzleramt

Perke Jacobs is a doctoral student at Max Planck Institute for Human Development where he is interested in decisions from little information. At the same time, he works at the German Federal Chancellery, where he helps implementing policies using citizen input and rigorous scientific testing.



  • since 2019: Researcher at the German Federal Chancellery
  • 2016-2019: Data Scientist at the German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians
  • since 2013: Doctoral Student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • 2008-2013: Studies in economics and statistics at Maastricht University, University of California at San Diego, and Tilburg University



  • ecological rationality
  • machine learning
  • public policy
  • labor economics



Jacobs, P. & Viechtbauer, W. (2017). Estimation of the Biserial Correlation and its Sampling Variance for Use in Meta-Analysis. Research Synthesis Methods 8(2), 161-180. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.1218

McDowell, M., & Jacobs, P. (2017). Meta-analysis of the effect of natural frequencies on Bayesian reasoning. Psychological Bulletin, 143(12), 1273-1312.

Artinger, F., Gigerenzer, G. & Jacobs, P. (2019). Sixty Years of Satisficing: Integrating Two Traditions. Manuscript under review.

Gigerenzer, G. & Jacobs, P. (2019). Is there demand for open access to Cochrane Reviews?. Manuscript under review.