Department of Economics

Robert Eyler

  • Graduated: 1992
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant, University Administrator, University Professor

Robert Eyler(opens in new window) , who graduated with his BA in Economics in 1992, is dean of the School of Extended and International Education(opens in new window), Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis(opens in new window) at Sonoma State University(opens in new window) in Petaluma, California.  He is also the CEO of the Marin Economic Forum(opens in new window), a private-public partnership aimed at Marin County’s sustainable growth through business vitality, social equity and environmental balance.

Robert earned a Ph.D. in Economics(opens in new window) from the University of California, Davis(opens in new window) in 1998. Robert is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. The media often call Dr. Eyler for his expert input into the economic climate, He has 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(opens in new window) and Stanford University(opens in new window).

“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.”  (Last Updated 5/14/19)