Robert Eyler Ph.D.

Robert Eyler is Professor and Chair of Economics at Sonoma State University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He earned a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico in 1992. He is the director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University and has worked on multiple regional studies for Sonoma, Napa, Marin, and Mendocino counties. Robert has acted as an expert witness in interstate trade litigation, and as a forensic economist. He has also been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University. He is also the interim CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, a countywide, public-private partnership for economic development organization in Marin County.

Dr. Eyler specializes in research on macroeconomic and monetary policies, and is finalizing a textbook on monetary and banking topics. His academic work has focused on the economics of the wine industry, monetary policy and theory, derivative markets, and international finance. Robert has authored two books. The first, Economic Sanctions: International Theory and Policy at Work (2007), investigated the efficacy of using economic sanctions as a political tool and constructed a theoretical model using new open economy macroeconomic modeling to show that import sanctions are the most effective form of these political decisions. His most recent text, Money and Banking: An International Text (2009), is a college-level textbook for classes on central banking, financial institutions and markets, and banking as a business.

Dr. Eyler also currently acts as the interim CEO of the Marin Economic Forum. This organization provides resources for Marin County economic stakeholders to work collaboratively to improve sustainability as defined as driving economic vitality, while reducing the costs of poverty and income inequality (social equity) as well as protecting Marin"s natural environment (environmental balance). Robert"s family have been West Marin and Sonoma County farmers since 1910.

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Professor and Chair of Economics