Tobias Sytsma

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Associate Economist
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Ph.D. in economics, University of Oregon; M.S. in intl and dev economics, University of San Francisco; B.S. in economics, Portland State University


Toby Sytsma is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. His research examines disruptions to global supply chains and frictions in international trade flows using structural models and modern econometric methods. In his graduate research, he studied how hurricanes impact exports from coastal U.S. ports, how competition in transportation markets and transportation infrastructure influence agricultural shipments, and how rules of origin impact the use of preferential trade agreements. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon.

Selected Publications

Tobias Sytsma, "Improving Preferential Market Access through Rules of Origin: Firm-Level Evidence from Bangladesh," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2021 (forthcoming)

Tobias Sytsma, "Rules of origin and trade preference utilization among least developed countries," Contemporary Economic Policy, 2021

Tobias Sytsma, "The Impact of Hurricanes on Trade and Welfare: Evidence from US Port-level Exports," Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, 4(3), 2020