Robert Graboyes

Robert Graboyes

  • Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Robert Graboyes is Senior Research Fellow and health care economist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Author of “Fortress and Frontier in American Health Care,” his work asks, “How can we make health care as innovative in the next 25 years as information technology was in the past 25?”

Previously, he was health care advisor for the National Federation of Independent Business, economics professor at the University of Richmond, regional economist/director of education at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Sub-Saharan Africa economist for Chase Manhattan Bank. His work has taken him to Europe, Africa, and Central Asia. An award-winning teacher, he holds faculty appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at George Mason University and the George Washington University.

His degrees include a PhD in Economics from Columbia University; master’s from Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William and Mary; and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. He chaired the National Economists Club, Richmond Association for Business Economics, and National Association for Business Economics Healthcare Roundtable.

He won the Reason Foundation’s 2014 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, an international competition for “writing that best demonstrates the importance of individual liberty and free markets with originality, wit, and eloquence.”

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Apr 26, 2016

Anti-giggers demonize companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb by romanticizing and reinforcing the most hated aspects of post-1800 employment—subordination of and control over employees by employers. This blinkered nostalgia threatens employability in a world of smart machines.
Feb 02, 2016

Six years after enactment, the ACA remains a law very much in turmoil. Beyond the widely reported website problems, many of the law's fundamental institutions — individual exchanges, SHOP exchanges, co-ops, mandates — are failing to perform as expected.
By Robert Graboyes, Thomas Stossel |
Jan 15, 2016

President Obama has put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of a “moonshot” to cure cancer. Biden recently lost a son to the disease, so his sincerity and passion are assured. And, everybody — irrespective of political persuasion — can agree that curing this dread disease is a noble pursuit. Unfortunately, the timeworn moonshot analogy is inappropriate. Curing cancer is not at all like landing on the moon.
Dec 14, 2015

The road to perdition is paved with good intentions. These days, some well-intentioned individuals want restaurants along that road to post calorie data for obese and would-be-obese diners. Their logic comes in four parts: America has an obesity problem. Cutting calories means less obesity. Nutritional labeling induces people to cut calories. And labeling wouldn't hurt anything.


Robert Graboyes


| Sep 29, 2015
In a new set of essays commissioned by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, seven leading policy experts share innovative ideas on how to solve the pre-existing condition challenge. While their approaches exhibit differences as well as similarities, they are unified in their pursuit of a humane, equitable, fiscally sustainable solution to a conundrum that has driven and strained the entire post–World War II healthcare debate.


Robert Graboyes | October 15, 2015
Mercatus scholars Bob Graboyes, Darcy Nikol Bryan and Brian Blase discuss various aspects of healthcare policy on America’s Web Radio.
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