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.

Published Research

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Expert Commentary

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.
Dec 14, 2015

Single-payer-health-care advocates dream of consolidating all American health care into “Medicare for All.” Following their lead, we’ll combine all branches of law — criminal and civil — into a socially just “Public Defender for All.” Outrageously, Americans spend more on lawyers than any other country, and yet we get the worst legal outcomes of any developed nation. Surely, members of Congress will see the wisdom of removing their future K Street and Wall Street employers from the chaos and injustice of markets and placing them serenely on the government payroll.


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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