Tobias Sytsma

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Associate Economist
Off Site Office


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


Tobias Sytsma is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on international trade and supply chain frictions, natural disasters and climate change, economic development, and the relationship between new technology and workers. At RAND, his recent work has involved developing macroeconomic models of industrial base linkages, assessing the costs of adopting emerging technologies, evaluating the impact of climate change on critical infrastructure and DoD installations, and estimating the regional economic multipliers of STEM jobs. He is a core researcher in the Lowy Family Middle-Class Pathways Center, where he is working on issues surrounding emerging technology, automation, and occupational mobility in the labor market. His research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. Sytsma graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oregon in 2020.

Recent Projects

  • The Science- and Technology-Focused Workforce Ecosystem
  • Cost and Benefit Analysis of Mobile Nuclear Power Plants
  • Assessing Risk to the National Critical Functions as a Result of Climate Change

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

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Spotlight Innovation Award for Economic Model of Defense Industrial Bases, RAND Corporation