Chico Economics Graduate Careers - University Professor
Robert Eyler graduated with his BA in Economics in 1992. He is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. Robert earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He is also the CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, a private-public partnership aimed at Marin County’s sustainable growth through business vitality, social equity and environmental balance.
“As an economics professor, economics is the core of what I do every day in terms of teaching, research, practical applications in economic development work, or consulting. In many cases, I am asked to provide guidance to local communities, news outlets, or private clients on the economic interpretation of events or specific microeconomic phenomena. I guide an annual economic forecast for the North Bay region in northern California, which includes Lake, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Mendocino counties. I am also running a public-private partnership in Marin County dedicated to economic development. That work includes various economic forecasts and analyses. My time at Chico State interested me in econometrics and forecasting and also teaching, all of which I apply daily.”
Robert is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. Dr. Eyler is often called up by the media for his expert input into the economic climate, acted as an expert witness in interstate trade litigation, and as a forensic economist. He also provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy at the local and state level and has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.
Jeff Felardo graduated with a BA in economics in 2005. He is an assistant professor at Eckerd College, where he focuses on Environmental Economics. After graduating from Chico State he spent a few months in Thailand on a USAID grant managing an English language library. He then obtained a Masters in Economics at the University of Wyoming where he started his research on development and the environment in Thailand. He recently obtained his PhD from the University of New Mexico where his dissertation focused on forest management in Thailand and the UN's REDD+ program. He graduated from UNM this year, and Eckerd is his first position since graduating. In a recent email he stated that “Eckerd is great, because of the small class sizes and the focus they have on student success. It reminds me of Chico State. I also helped develop a website which provides assistance and explanations for tricky economics concepts.”
Jeff is writing a book about economic concepts for kids. It's currently on kickstarter.
“My degree/experience from Chico State was crucial in my success because of the mentoring I received from Economics professors Michael Perelman, Barney Hope, James O'Toole, English Professor Thia Wolf, and the study abroad coordinator Tasha Dev. Michael and Thia really introduced to a world larger than Northern California, and they always motivated me to do more. Barney and O’Toole were the chairs of the economics department during my stay and helped me with studying abroad, graduating, and applying for graduate schools. Finally, Tasha Dev introduced me to international programs and helped me focus on the international aspects of my education as well as positioning me to receive that USAID grant which really started my graduate school career.”