Jakob was born in 1995 in Stuttgart, Germany. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Cologne and his Master's degree at the Bocconi University. During his graduate studies, he worked as a teaching assistant for econometrics and as a research assistant for Francesco Decarolis. Together they studied the economic impact of the Skiing world cup in Italy. His master's thesis estimated the markups in the Italian economy and evaluated effects of the labor market reforms under Renzi on labor adjustment costs of firms. Following his Master's Degree, he estimated cartel damages and investigated abuse of dominance infringements for Compass Lexecon in London before starting his PhD program.
His current research interests focus on competition in digital, retail and gasoline markets. In gasoline markets, he tries to understand possible forms of tacit collusion. In digital markets and retail markets he studies the choice of platforms/