Our capabilities

Marsden Jacob has a proven track record of success in delivering high-quality economic consultancy services on issues faced by clients in the agriculture and earth resources (including minerals and extractives) sectors.

Our economists not only have many years of professional experience, a number of them have come from the agricultural and earth resources sectors. This means their understanding of the realities of doing business in these markets is real and their knowledge of the regulatory and compliance issues that apply is detailed.

Though this understanding we deliver:

  • Policy development – including strategic policy reviews, preparation of regulatory impacts statements, development of strategies to improve productivity and performance, policy design and evaluation, governance design and evaluation, institutional design and regulatory reform, design of property rights and best practice regulation.
  • Economic analysis – including benefit cost assessments, economic impact assessments, value for money, research, development and extension evaluation, performance reporting
  • Business case feasibility assessment – including investment option design and assessment, development of business cases and undertaking feasibility studies.
  • Applied research – including marginal cost, elasticity analysis, market behaviour, survey and non-market valuation.
  • Financial and advisory – advice on infrastructure design and greenfield developments, expert witness in legal claims, design and construct detailed financial and cost models.

Our clients

We have worked with national government reform bodies, state government agriculture and resources departments, local government, regulators, research and development corporations, agriculture companies, fishers, mining companies, energy companies, industry bodies, and utilities.

Our clients choose us for our understanding, experience and rigour. They also recognise the value that our truly independent advice delivers.

Our projects

The diverse nature of the agriculture and mining projects we have been involved with, further demonstrates the diversity of our skills and reliability of our advice and analysis. Our projects include:

  • Reporting and monitoring framework for the health and activity of the Victorian earth resources sector
  • Analysis of rapid risk assessments for bushfire emergence response
  • Evaluation frameworks for research development and extension
  • Benefit cost modelling and evaluation of biosecurity arrangements for Victorian Pest Free Area (Queensland Fruit Fly)
  • Independent review of structural governance arrangements for grains research, development and extension
  • Benefit cost analysis and business case development for new irrigation schemes
  • Benefit flow model of dairy research, development and extension
  • Evaluation of the Feeding Pastures for Profit, Forage Planning Pilot and Dairy Business Services Network programs
  • Evaluation of the Sunraysia Irrigation Program
  • Evaluation of the Best Lamb Best Wool Program