Robert Graboyes

Robert Graboyes

  • Senior Research Fellow

Robert Graboyes is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in the economics of healthcare.

Previously, he was a sub-Saharan Africa economist at Chase Manhattan Bank, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and an economics professor at the University of Richmond. Twice he was a visiting health care scholar in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has chaired the National Economists Club and the Healthcare Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics.

Graboyes earned his PhD in economics from Columbia University and has a MSHA from Virginia Commonwealth University, MPhil from Columbia University, and a MA in government from the College of William and Mary. An award winning teacher, he holds teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Virginia.

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Expert Commentary

Oct 23, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration discourages and prohibits medical devices that could save lives and ease suffering. The agency has always had an anti-innovation bias, but today's Cambrian Explosion of medical technologies increases the cost of that bias and limits the agency's ability to judge, evaluate, and control new devices.
Oct 13, 2015

In a bold effort "to protect individual liberty and personal control over Health Care decisions," nine states have approved a Health Care Compact to claim some autonomy from the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid; two other states are considering joining them. The problem, however, is that in health care, most of the compact's signatory states have poor records with respect to individual liberty and personal control over care.
Jun 25, 2015

The ACA is a massive law, written and passed in haste. Such procedural shortcuts yield unintended consequences and pose unanticipated risks to the American people. The real lesson of King v. Burwell is that transformative legislation should never be written or passed in extreme haste, nor imposed by a single party. Ignoring those principles assures that the Affordable Care Act will remain bitterly contentious and subject to additional litigation for years to come.
Jun 09, 2015

For over a century, we've regarded health care as qualitatively different from other goods and services – an economic Oz, where the normal rules of nature don't apply. In doing so, we waste resources, keep prices artificially high and delay life-saving and life-improving technologies. But this will soon pass.


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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