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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Apr 30, 2015

For a detailed perspective on the latest case, OUTLOOK turned to health care policy expert Robert Graboyes, a scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Mar 12, 2015

Regulation as we think of it is an artifice of the 20th century (plus a few years on either end). It’s a hub-and-spoke mechanism, with data conveyed from all over into a centralized machine, processed and analyzed there, and shipped outward, along with some mandates. Our idea of regulation was designed in an era when economically important things fell into one or more of the following buckets: big, heavy, visible, expensive, and traceable.
Mar 09, 2015

On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, and a ruling should come around June. Ironically a ruling for King would largely demolish the Affordable Care Act by reinforcing the letter of the law itself and by triggering death spirals.
Jan 12, 2015

Why, in the case of the Affordable Care Act, do we force journalists and ordinary Americans to play an utterly unnecessary game of “guess how many beans are in the jar?" The result wastes time and resources, diverting our attention from more substantive issues such as, “How is the law actually affecting the health and the pocketbooks of Americans?”…


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Robert Graboyes | March 24, 2015
For the 5th anniversary of the passing of the Affordable Care Act, Mercatus Center health policy scholar Robert Graboyes analyzes the impact of this legislation. He argues that partisan fighting over health insurance fails to address the real need in America’s healthcare system: providing lower-cost healthcare for more people sustainably.
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